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The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  politics
Locations:ocean,  russia,  airport
Period:1980s
Story:soviet navy,  cia,  analyst,  navy submarine,  view through periscope,  intelligence analyst,  stealth technology,  false alarm,  u.s. navy,  navy,  submarine launched ballistic missile,  submarine captain,  submarine movie,  submarine crew,  nuclear submarine,  cia operative,  naval uniform,  submarine,  killed by gunshot,  death by gunshot,  atlantic ocean,  gunshot wound,  military leadership,  soviet military,  u.s. military,  jumping from a helicopter,  murder disguised as an accident,  death caught on film,  soviet american relations,  reference to luciano pavarotti,  national security advisor,  u.s. soviet relations,  reference to paganini,  submersible cruiser,  chief medical officer,  reference to mars the planet,  trailer narrated by don lafontaine,  lighting someone's cigarette,  burning papers,  burning a document,  reference to christopher columbus,  male captain,  lone ranger,  contaminated,  russian man,  ventilation,  leningrad,  reading from the bible,  assumption,  burning a letter,  attacked from behind,  deck,  turbulence,  icbm,  saboteur,  kremlin,  defection,  moscow,  russian accent,  lithuanian,  periscope,  morse code,  sonar,  reference to the book of revelation,  reference to ludwig van beethoven,  defector,  superpower,  talking to oneself,  warship,  month in title,  mutiny,  nuclear weapons,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  russian soldier,  torpedo,  cold war era,  risk,  u boat,  stealth,  political thriller,  iceland,  telling someone to shut up,  plane crash,  alarm,  handshake,  bible quote,  evacuation,  teddy bear,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  sabotage,  shaving,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  underwater,  soviet union,  race against time,  uniform,  danger,  microphone,  five word title,  gunshot,  fictional war,  spy,  color in title,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  singing,  based on novel,  death,  murder

Crimson Tide (1995)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Crimson Tide (1995)

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken precautions. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean,  russia
Story:navy submarine,  submarine,  u.s. navy,  submarine launched ballistic missile,  submarine captain,  submarine movie,  nuclear submarine,  naval uniform,  u.s. military,  submersible cruiser,  male captain,  icbm,  sonar,  mutiny,  torpedo,  risk,  u boat,  telling someone to shut up,  navy,  alarm,  blockbuster,  shaving,  danger

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  russia
Story:submarine captain,  submarine movie,  nuclear submarine,  submarine,  mutiny,  torpedo,  navy,  cold war,  underwater,  soviet union

Das Boot (1981)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Das Boot (1981)

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Story:submarine captain,  submarine movie,  naval uniform,  atlantic ocean,  periscope,  sonar,  torpedo,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  blockbuster,  underwater,  uniform,  airplane,  based on novel,  death

Thirteen Days (2000) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Drama, History, Thriller

Thirteen Days (2000)

In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is in the process of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons have the capability of wiping out most of the Eastern and Southern United States in minutes if they become operational. President John F. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises U.S. military strikes against Cuba--which could lead the way to another U.S. invasion of the island. However, Kennedy is reluctant to follow through, because a U.S. invasion could cause the Soviets to retaliate in Europe. A nuclear showdown appears to be almost inevitable. Can it be prevented? (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Story:soviet union,  soviet military,  u.s. military,  spy,  soviet american relations,  u.s. soviet relations,  nuclear weapons,  cold war era,  risk,  lifting someone into the air,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  danger,  helicopter

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The Abyss (1989)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Abyss (1989)

Formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth. This is why The Abyss (1989) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Story:nuclear submarine,  navy,  submarine,  navy submarine,  underwater,  cold war,  nuclear weapons

Top Gun (1986)
Action, Drama, Romance

Top Gun (1986)

Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Story:u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  u.s. military,  navy,  blockbuster,  cold war,  uniform,  microphone,  singing,  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:brutality,  military,  politics
Locations:ocean,  airport
Story:u.s. navy,  cia,  nuclear weapons,  evacuation,  cold war,  race against time,  danger,  spy,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  based on novel,  death,  murder

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No Way Out (1987) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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:military,  politics
Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:navy,  u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  spy,  cold war era,  political thriller,  submarine,  lifting someone into the air,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  cia,  race against time,  danger,  gunshot,  based on novel,  murder,  death

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappears whilst on patrol. Bond joins Major Anya Amasova and takes on a a web-handed mastermind, known as Karl Stromberg, as well as his henchman Jaws, who has a mouthful of metal teeth. Bond must track down the location of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired. (Read More)

Locations:ocean
Story:submarine,  navy,  submarine captain,  submarine crew,  nuclear submarine,  nuclear weapons,  u boat,  blockbuster,  cold war,  underwater,  soviet union,  five word title,  spy,  based on novel

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. This is why Rendition (2007) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:airport
Story:intelligence analyst,  cia operative,  cia,  analyst,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  microphone,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  murder,  death

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Never Say Never Again (1983)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Never Say Never Again (1983)

SPECTRE agents under the command of Ernst Blofeld infiltrate a US air force base situated in the UK and steal two Tomahawk cruise missiles. When NATO is held to ransom, the British reactive their "00" agents and send James Bond to recapture the warheads and kill Blofeld.

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:u.s. navy,  nuclear weapons,  u boat,  submarine,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  cia,  race against time,  spy,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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:brutality
Locations:airport
Story:nuclear submarine,  nuclear weapons,  submarine,  sabotage,  cia,  race against time,  danger,  spy,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder,  death

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

Green Zone (2010)

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

Themes:politics
Locations:airport
Story:cia operative,  u.s. military,  political thriller,  cia,  uniform,  color in title,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  based on novel,  murder

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Jason Bourne (2016)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

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

Themes:brutality
Locations:airport
Story:cia,  cia operative,  analyst,  iceland,  evacuation,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  washington d.c.,  race against time,  danger,  spy,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Godzilla (1998)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Godzilla (1998)

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York? This is why Godzilla (1998) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  sonar,  torpedo,  u boat,  evacuation,  submarine,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  helicopter

Salt (2010) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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:politics
Locations:russia
Story:cia,  spy,  defector,  cia operative,  jumping from a helicopter,  political thriller,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  soviet union,  race against time,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

This new version of the saga of CIA analyst Jack Ryan begins as Jack attends the London School of Economics. 9/11 happens. He subsequently enlists in the Marines, sustaining severe injuries when the chopper deploying him to Afghanistan is shot down. While in intense rehab, he grabs the attention of Harper, a man who works for the CIA and who would like Jack to finish his studies, get a job on Wall Street, and seek out terrorist plots through their financial transactions. Ten years pass. Jack finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin and thinks he should go to Russia to check out what's going on. He's told not to tell anyone who he is, including his girlfriend Cathy, which makes her doubt him when she catches him in some lies. In Russia, Cherevin assigns someone to assist Jack, but when the two are alone, the man tries to kill Jack instead, so Jack kills him. Obviously, Cherevin is hiding something. Jack goes to meet him and says he'll bring his fiancee along, but when Cathy shows up, Jack has to tell her the truth. Harper says Cathy has to go with Jack when she meets Cherevin. Jack doesn't want her to but Cathy says she's going, so the action begins that leads to the climax. (Read More)

Locations:russia,  airport
Story:cia,  kremlin,  moscow,  analyst,  race against time,  uniform,  spy,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:russia,  airport
Story:spy,  cia,  cold war,  plane crash,  evacuation,  washington d.c.,  soviet union,  race against time,  gunshot,  airplane,  death

X: First Class (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X: First Class (2011)

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:russia
Story:u.s. navy,  kremlin,  sonar,  defector,  plane crash,  submarine,  sabotage,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  cia,  spy,  shot in the chest,  death,  murder

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Patriot Games (1992) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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. This is why Patriot Games (1992) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  politics
Story:cia,  analyst,  political thriller,  navy,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  danger,  spy,  london england,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  based on novel,  death,  murder

Stealth (2005)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Stealth (2005)

In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war... (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:russia
Story:u.s. navy,  stealth,  navy,  plane crash,  washington d.c.,  helicopter

1941 (1979)
Action, Comedy, War

1941 (1979)

Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy). (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  submarine crew,  periscope,  u boat,  navy,  plane crash,  submarine,  airplane

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

Red 2 (2013)

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

Themes:military
Locations:russia,  airport
Story:kremlin,  washington d.c.,  cia,  race against time,  spy,  color in title,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Clear And Present Danger (1994) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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:military,  politics
Story:cia,  u.s. navy,  national security advisor,  analyst,  risk,  political thriller,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  washington d.c.,  danger,  fictional war,  spy,  airplane,  helicopter,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:defector,  evacuation,  cold war,  cia,  race against time,  danger,  gunshot,  spy,  color in title,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  based on novel,  death,  murder

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

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Story:u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  sonar,  torpedo,  navy,  plane crash,  race against time,  fictional war,  london england,  shot in the chest,  helicopter

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

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

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

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  u.s. military,  submarine,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  race against time,  danger,  fictional war,  spy,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

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

Story:russian soldier,  u boat,  alarm,  submarine,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  washington d.c.,  race against time,  gunshot,  spy,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

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G.i. Jane (1997)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  blockbuster,  helicopter

The Siege (1998)
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. This is why The Siege (1998) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Story:false alarm,  cia operative,  political thriller,  cia,  murder

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Locations:airport
Story:analyst,  washington d.c.,  cia,  race against time,  spy,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder,  death

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A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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)

Locations:russia,  airport
Story:cia operative,  kremlin,  moscow,  nuclear weapons,  cia,  spy,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder

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:military
Story:navy,  cia operative,  cia,  u boat,  stealth,  submarine,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Tears Of The Sun (2003)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle. As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that, among the refugees, is the sole survivor of the country's previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Story:u.s. navy,  warship,  risk,  stealth,  navy,  evacuation,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

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Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. This is why Spies Like Us (1985) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:military
Period:1980s
Story:cia,  nuclear weapons,  blockbuster,  cold war,  washington d.c.,  soviet union,  race against time,  spy

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
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:military,  politics
Story:navy,  cia,  intelligence analyst,  cia operative,  analyst,  risk,  spy,  london england,  shot in the chest,  helicopter

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:russia
Story:nuclear submarine,  torpedo,  u boat,  submarine,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  race against time,  danger,  spy,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

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Under Siege (1992)
Action, Thriller

Under Siege (1992)

The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten. (Read More)

Story:navy,  u.s. navy,  cia operative,  naval uniform,  nuclear weapons,  torpedo,  u boat,  submarine,  cia,  race against time,  shot in the chest,  helicopter

Goldeneye (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:russia,  airport
Period:1980s
Story:nuclear weapons,  plane crash,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  spy,  color in title,  london england,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Action, Drama, History, War

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil. This is why Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  warship,  torpedo,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  washington d.c.,  airplane,  based on novel

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Red Heat (1988)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red Heat (1988)

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences in order to recapture him. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  politics
Locations:russia,  airport
Period:1980s
Story:cold war,  soviet union,  uniform,  color in title,  airplane

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  politics
Locations:airport
Story:evacuation,  washington d.c.,  cia,  race against time,  danger,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder,  death

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. (Read More)

Locations:ocean
Story:atlantic ocean,  telling someone to shut up,  alarm,  blockbuster,  underwater,  race against time,  microphone,  helicopter,  singing,  based on novel,  death

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Fair Game (2010) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (2010)

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

Themes:politics
Locations:airport
Story:intelligence analyst,  cia,  analyst,  nuclear weapons,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  spy,  airplane,  helicopter,  death,  murder

Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. This is why Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  politics
Story:defector,  plane crash,  alarm,  evacuation,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  race against time,  danger,  fictional war,  spy,  shot in the chest,  death,  murder

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Story:plane crash,  sabotage,  race against time,  danger,  fictional war,  color in title,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  murder,  death

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U-571 (2000)
Action, War

U-571 (2000)

In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat. (Read More)

Story:submarine movie,  naval uniform,  periscope,  morse code,  torpedo,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  sabotage,  shot in the chest,  murder

Sphere (1998) is one of the best movies like The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Sphere (1998)

1000 feet below the ocean, navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? Will they survive the mysterious 'manifestations'? Who or what is creating these? They may never live to find out. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Period:1980s
Story:u.s. navy,  u boat,  navy,  plane crash,  submarine,  helicopter,  based on novel,  murder,  death

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:russia
Story:cold war,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  cia,  spy,  london england,  shot in the chest,  death,  murder

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