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The Recruit (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Recruit (2003)

In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is what it seems." (Read More)

Themes:technology,  exploitation,  surveillance,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  elevator,  bicycle,  nightclub,  bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:french,  waitress,  writer,  policeman,  soldier
Story:mentor protege relationship,  spy training,  covert operative,  cheating on a test,  mole,  double agent,  massachusetts institute of technology,  fitness gym,  video surveillance,  training,  scoped rifle,  lie detector,  computer virus,  laptop computer,  train station,  foot chase,  u.s. capitol building washington d.c.,  reference to john dillinger,  reference to spartacus,  reference to kurt vonnegut,  bethesda maryland,  shell oil company,  diplomatic corps,  police academy,  isolation tank,  bugging device,  disk drive,  psychological testing,  cambridge massachusetts,  job fair,  cover story,  memory stick,  tied hands,  diplomatic immunity,  night school,  falklands,  public address system,  farsi,  burrito,  langley virginia,  college graduate,  poker the card game,  facility,  oversleeping,  supervisor,  firing range,  transmitter,  recruitment,  covert,  algerian,  recruit,  bullhorn,  electronics,  searchlight,  washroom,  protege,  instructor,  compact disc,  secrecy,  persian,  boxing gloves,  surrogate father,  examination,  cat and mouse,  martini,  reference to abraham lincoln,  reference to james bond,  tai chi,  infiltration,  memorial,  monument,  code,  peru,  punching bag,  crab,  document,  monitor,  passenger,  exam,  test,  embassy,  making out,  reference to the beatles,  security,  harmonica,  bicycling,  website,  villain played by lead actor,  magic trick,  hacker,  being followed,  playing cards,  newspaper clipping,  car chase,  music band,  imprisonment,  crowd,  lasersight,  gadget,  briefcase,  card playing,  miami florida,  mentor,  boston massachusetts,  headphones,  pool table,  target practice,  watching television,  barefoot,  guard,  following someone,  breakfast,  phone booth,  assault,  agent,  exercise,  captive,  breaking and entering,  fireplace,  traitor,  applause,  pickup truck,  washington d.c.,  trust,  cia,  espionage,  loss of father,  stage,  pursuit,  speech,  gym,  scream,  product placement,  storytelling,  undercover,  mission,  liar,  microphone,  gunshot,  pain,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  search,  apology,  gambling,  weapon,  toilet,  bridge,  disguise,  bra,  flashlight,  orphan,  spy,  classroom,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  mask,  secret,  gunfight,  bus,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  interview,  dog,  sex,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  gun

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:exploitation,  surveillance,  anger,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:mentor protege relationship,  recruit,  agent,  cia,  mission,  foot chase,  mole,  infiltration,  embassy,  car chase,  mentor,  target practice,  traitor,  espionage,  undercover,  training,  bartender,  flashlight,  orphan,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  interview,  dog,  death,  murder,  blood

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Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:double agent,  foot chase,  langley virginia,  memorial,  car chase,  gadget,  agent,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  bartender,  gambling,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  blood,  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. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:double agent,  train station,  foot chase,  car chase,  following someone,  phone booth,  agent,  traitor,  cia,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  gunshot,  bartender,  bridge,  disguise,  bra,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  secret,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  death,  police,  gun,  murder,  blood

Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping
Locations:bathtub,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Story:foot chase,  transmitter,  code,  car chase,  lasersight,  boston massachusetts,  agent,  washington d.c.,  trust,  cia,  gym,  product placement,  undercover,  toilet,  bridge,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  bus,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  death

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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. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:video surveillance,  foot chase,  code,  being followed,  boston massachusetts,  following someone,  cia,  espionage,  pursuit,  product placement,  storytelling,  undercover,  mission,  gunshot,  bartender,  flashlight,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:foot chase,  college graduate,  infiltration,  security,  mentor,  target practice,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  training,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  flashlight,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  car accident,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  kiss,  death,  murder,  blood

The Interpreter (2005)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:french,  policeman
Story:lie detector,  reference to the beatles,  being followed,  car chase,  following someone,  agent,  breaking and entering,  cia,  pursuit,  speech,  storytelling,  liar,  microphone,  search,  bridge,  interrogation,  bomb,  lie,  shooting,  mask,  secret,  bus,  drink,  computer,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  police,  death,  dog,  blood,  murder,  gun

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Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
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:deception,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Story:video surveillance,  foot chase,  langley virginia,  secrecy,  security,  being followed,  car chase,  following someone,  trust,  cia,  pursuit,  product placement,  pain,  cigar smoking,  search,  weapon,  spy,  cafe,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  lie,  secret,  drink,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  dog,  murder,  blood,  death,  gun

The Pink Panther (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:scoped rifle,  laptop computer,  foot chase,  monitor,  security,  bicycling,  being followed,  crowd,  agent,  applause,  gym,  scream,  microphone,  gunshot,  pain,  gambling,  bridge,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  mask,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  dancing,  death,  police,  dog,  gun,  murder,  kiss,  interview

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? This is why Salt (2010) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  snow
Characters:soldier
Story:cia,  agent,  spy,  covert operative,  double agent,  foot chase,  covert,  mole,  code,  car chase,  target practice,  barefoot,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  training,  disguise,  flashlight,  orphan,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  secret,  bus,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  dog,  murder,  police,  interview

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Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Characters:soldier
Story:foot chase,  compact disc,  car chase,  gadget,  cia,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  cigar smoking,  bridge,  flashlight,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  secret,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  car accident,  helicopter,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dog,  death,  police,  murder

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
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:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:soldier
Story:foot chase,  embassy,  hacker,  car chase,  agent,  cia,  espionage,  loss of father,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  bridge,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  bus,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  police,  murder,  blood,  death

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:technology,  surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:cia,  agent,  video surveillance,  train station,  foot chase,  langley virginia,  recruitment,  car chase,  following someone,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  loss of father,  pursuit,  product placement,  disguise,  flashlight,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  secret,  gunfight,  bus,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:foot chase,  washroom,  compact disc,  martini,  villain played by lead actor,  briefcase,  headphones,  barefoot,  guard,  phone booth,  exercise,  fireplace,  scream,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  bra,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  drink,  urination,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  police,  blood,  kiss,  death,  dog,  gun,  murder

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:secret,  martini,  car chase,  gadget,  pool table,  phone booth,  fireplace,  traitor,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  bartender,  toilet,  bra,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  taxi,  gunfight,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  dancing,  gun,  blood,  dog,  murder,  death

The November Man (2014) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
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:surveillance,  anger,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:agent,  cia,  train station,  foot chase,  embassy,  villain played by lead actor,  newspaper clipping,  car chase,  mentor,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  disguise,  orphan,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  bus,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  martial arts,  photograph,  blood,  death,  murder

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Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)
Action, Comedy

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:waitress
Story:lasersight,  gadget,  following someone,  traitor,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  flashlight,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  murder

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:undercover,  police academy,  protege,  reference to abraham lincoln,  mole,  boston massachusetts,  mentor,  pool table,  target practice,  espionage,  pursuit,  scream,  product placement,  liar,  microphone,  pain,  bridge,  bra,  orphan,  spy,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  lie,  shooting,  gunfight,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  photograph,  police,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  death,  interview

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:anger,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  elevator,  nightclub,  bar
Story:security,  playing cards,  car chase,  watching television,  pursuit,  product placement,  gunshot,  toilet,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  father son relationship,  interview,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. This is why The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  torture,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:mentor protege relationship,  foot chase,  protege,  briefcase,  mentor,  pursuit,  gambling,  toilet,  bra,  classroom,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  secret,  bus,  drink,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  interview,  gun,  kiss,  death,  police,  blood,  sex,  murder

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  soldier
Story:foot chase,  car chase,  undercover,  mission,  cigar smoking,  flashlight,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  car accident,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  death,  police,  murder

North By Northwest (1959)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

North By Northwest (1959)

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:agent,  foot chase,  being followed,  car chase,  following someone,  phone booth,  breaking and entering,  traitor,  pickup truck,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  pursuit,  undercover,  liar,  apology,  disguise,  flashlight,  spy,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  lie,  taxi,  bus,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  train,  shower,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  murder,  police,  sex,  gun,  kiss,  death

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Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress,  policeman
Story:foot chase,  being followed,  newspaper clipping,  target practice,  watching television,  guard,  following someone,  breaking and entering,  pursuit,  undercover,  gunshot,  weapon,  toilet,  disguise,  cafe,  car crash,  rifle,  taxi,  shooting,  secret,  bus,  drink,  computer,  rain,  beating,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  gun,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  sex,  murder

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:foot chase,  reference to abraham lincoln,  infiltration,  car chase,  lasersight,  gadget,  pickup truck,  cia,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  weapon,  bridge,  spy,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  bus,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder

U.s. Marshals (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

U.s. Marshals (1998)

When a prisoner transport plane crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan, skillfully escapes and saves lives at the same time. Deputy Sam Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals pursue relentlessly, but Gerard begins to suspect that there is more to the exceptional fugitive than what he has been told. Meanwhile, Sheridan struggles to avoid capture while seeking answers of his own. Until the final scene, both Gerard and Sheridan are in jeopardy of the unknown. This is why U.s. Marshals (1998) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Story:double agent,  laptop computer,  foot chase,  diplomatic immunity,  mole,  security,  car chase,  agent,  traitor,  espionage,  pursuit,  gym,  gunshot,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  search,  disguise,  flashlight,  spy,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  chase,  martial arts,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  police

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The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:soldier
Story:double agent,  foot chase,  covert,  infiltration,  watching television,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  undercover,  disguise,  flashlight,  orphan,  spy,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  helicopter,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  photograph,  father son relationship,  death,  dog

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

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

Themes:torture
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:waitress
Story:double agent,  car chase,  lasersight,  gadget,  agent,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  mission,  training,  gunshot,  bridge,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  dancing,  murder,  kiss,  gun,  blood,  police,  death

3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
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:deception,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  nightclub,  snow,  bar
Story:spy,  foot chase,  langley virginia,  car chase,  agent,  cia,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  disguise,  cafe,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  bus,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  murder,  blood,  death

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Mortdecai (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  drinking,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:motel,  elevator,  nightclub,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:foot chase,  public address system,  code,  embassy,  car chase,  briefcase,  pursuit,  gunshot,  pain,  apology,  toilet,  spy,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  death,  murder,  dog,  blood,  gun,  police,  sex

Fair Game (2010)
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. This is why Fair Game (2010) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:french,  writer
Story:covert operative,  cia,  u.s. capitol building washington d.c.,  cambridge massachusetts,  langley virginia,  supervisor,  covert,  reference to james bond,  being followed,  following someone,  agent,  traitor,  washington d.c.,  trust,  espionage,  speech,  liar,  cigar smoking,  apology,  spy,  lie,  taxi,  secret,  drink,  computer,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  murder,  kiss,  interview,  death

Bad Company (2002)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Bad Company (2002)

When a CIA agent is killed during a nuclear arms purchase, his partner Oakes, recruits his twin brother, Jake Hayes. Jake had no idea he had a twin brother, let alone that he worked for the CIA. Jake, a.k.a. Michael Turner, has nine days to fill his brother's place. However, the enemy terrorists learn of his secret identity and kidnap his girlfriend/fiancee. He has to rescue them and save New York city from an imminent nuclear terrorist act. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant
Story:agent,  cia,  laptop computer,  secret,  foot chase,  langley virginia,  car chase,  espionage,  mission,  training,  cigar smoking,  spy,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  shower,  pistol,  murder,  blood,  gun

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Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

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

Themes:anger,  deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman,  soldier
Story:foot chase,  card playing,  pool table,  pickup truck,  pursuit,  bartender,  apology,  bridge,  flashlight,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  gunfight,  drink,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  martial arts,  photograph,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  police,  gun,  murder

Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel
Characters:policeman,  soldier
Story:code,  security,  car chase,  pickup truck,  cia,  pursuit,  search,  apology,  bridge,  flashlight,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  shootout,  cell phone,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  interview,  gun,  murder,  police,  blood,  death

The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drinking,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:passenger,  being followed,  newspaper clipping,  car chase,  pool table,  breaking and entering,  fireplace,  pursuit,  storytelling,  gunshot,  search,  bra,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  shooting,  gunfight,  drink,  car accident,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  death,  murder,  blood,  sex,  gun,  police

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Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. This is why Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Story:train station,  foot chase,  compact disc,  embassy,  target practice,  breaking and entering,  product placement,  disguise,  flashlight,  orphan,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  helicopter,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  death,  murder,  police

Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman
Story:foot chase,  recruit,  pool table,  liar,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  lie,  shooting,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  police,  gun,  death

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:waitress
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  laptop computer,  martini,  car chase,  card playing,  target practice,  following someone,  trust,  cia,  gym,  search,  apology,  gambling,  weapon,  bra,  spy,  cafe,  bomb,  rifle,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  secret,  drink,  computer,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  underwear,  rain,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  dancing,  dog,  murder,  sex,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  death,  interview

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Octopussy (1983)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Octopussy (1983)

James Bond's next mission sends him to the circus. A British agent was murdered and found holding onto a priceless Faberge egg. Kamal Kahn buys the egg at an auction, but Bond becomes suspicious when Kahn meets up with Russian General, Orlov. Bond soon finds out that Kahn's and Orlov's plan is to blow a nuclear device in an American Air Force Base. Bond teams up with a circus group, which are headed by the beautiful Octopussy, who is also close friend of Kahn. Will Bond be quick enough, before World War III begins? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  anger,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:soldier
Story:agent,  mission,  scoped rifle,  foot chase,  covert,  monument,  monitor,  embassy,  making out,  security,  being followed,  crowd,  gadget,  briefcase,  guard,  applause,  pursuit,  gunshot,  bartender,  search,  gambling,  bridge,  disguise,  train,  spy,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  rifle,  taxi,  punched in the face,  helicopter,  pistol,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  sex,  murder

Grimsby (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:agent,  train station,  foot chase,  car chase,  lasersight,  gadget,  pool table,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  toilet,  bridge,  disguise,  orphan,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  gunfight,  bus,  punched in the face,  urination,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  police,  dog,  blood

I Spy (2002) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

I Spy (2002)

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane. This is why I Spy (2002) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping
Story:double agent,  foot chase,  reference to james bond,  car chase,  gadget,  agent,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  mission,  bridge,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts

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Mission: Impossible (1996)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Based on the hit T.V. series. Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps' team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head of the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (Which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name "Max") to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  deception,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Story:mission,  agent,  spy,  train station,  langley virginia,  covert,  mole,  magic trick,  gadget,  phone booth,  breaking and entering,  traitor,  cia,  espionage,  undercover,  weapon,  bridge,  disguise,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  mask,  secret,  computer,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  train,  pistol,  surprise ending,  murder,  blood

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  torture,  betrayal
Locations:elevator,  bar
Story:double agent,  foot chase,  car chase,  lasersight,  phone booth,  agent,  mission,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  secret,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  interview,  police,  murder,  death

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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

Themes:technology,  surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  snow,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:laptop computer,  college graduate,  newspaper clipping,  car chase,  lasersight,  mentor,  barefoot,  traitor,  washington d.c.,  product placement,  mission,  weapon,  bridge,  disguise,  bra,  flashlight,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  bus,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  blood,  police,  murder,  death

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
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:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:soldier
Story:laptop computer,  foot chase,  punching bag,  briefcase,  target practice,  traitor,  washington d.c.,  gym,  undercover,  training,  bridge,  disguise,  bra,  interrogation,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dancing,  death,  murder,  blood

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. This is why Red 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:soldier
Story:foot chase,  embassy,  car chase,  target practice,  agent,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  product placement,  undercover,  weapon,  bridge,  disguise,  spy,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  photograph,  death,  gun,  murder

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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:surveillance,  anger,  deception,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  soldier
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  security,  car chase,  boston massachusetts,  pickup truck,  product placement,  flashlight,  interrogation,  car crash,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  photograph,  police,  dog,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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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:surveillance,  kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  policeman
Story:cia,  langley virginia,  firing range,  code,  security,  being followed,  target practice,  following someone,  phone booth,  captive,  breaking and entering,  washington d.c.,  trust,  espionage,  pursuit,  liar,  weapon,  spy,  cafe,  rifle,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  secret,  computer,  helicopter,  shot to death,  rain,  pistol,  chase,  photograph,  gun,  death,  murder,  kiss,  sex,  blood,  police

American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like The Recruit (2003)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:soldier
Story:cia,  langley virginia,  test,  lasersight,  mentor,  watching television,  barefoot,  agent,  gym,  product placement,  undercover,  weapon,  bridge,  disguise,  spy,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

Le Samourai (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Le Samourai (1967)

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:french,  policeman
Story:foot chase,  bugging device,  tied hands,  transmitter,  being followed,  playing cards,  card playing,  following someone,  phone booth,  breaking and entering,  liar,  gunshot,  bartender,  search,  gambling,  flashlight,  held at gunpoint,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  shootout,  train,  chase,  martial arts,  murder,  police,  gun,  kiss,  death

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