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This Means War (2012)
Action, Comedy, Romance

This Means War (2012)

Two CIA agents, Tuck and Frank who are also best friends, have been benched because someone's after them. Tuck is divorced with a son whom he's not close to and Frank is a ladies man. Tuck decides to try and find someone so he places his profile on a dating website. Lauren, a woman also looking for a guy sees Tuck's profile and goes with him. She later bumps into Frank and he hits on her and she goes out with him. She's intrigued by both of them. When they learn that they're dating the same girl, they agree to let her choose. But both can't help but use their skills to keep tabs on her and each other. And also sabotage each other's dates with her. (Read More)

Themes:dating, homophobia, rivalry, surveillance, jealousy, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Characters:sexist, hostage, boy
Story:tranquilizer dart, playing snooker, safety net, female sexist, sushi bar, art collection, spying on someone, playing poker, poker game, cia agent, dating site, grandmother grandson relationship, cia, online dating, murder by shooting, undressing someone, private investigation, news helicopter, fight in restaurant, little boy

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015)

In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, murder by shooting, foot chase, listening device, russian abroad, passive aggressive woman, passive aggressive behavior, bechdel test failed, bossy woman, murder by gunshot, feet on table, secret mission, manipulative behavior, buddy comedy, car chase, barefoot female, stealing a car, barefoot male, freeze frame

Knight And Day (2010)
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, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, foot chase, exploding airplane, car chase, knife throwing, parachute, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, garage, cia, secret agent, silencer, product placement, undercover, exploding car, tied to a chair, ambulance, spy, interrogation, arrest, shotgun

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

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, foot chase, money falling through the air, bechdel test failed, buddy comedy, stable, car chase, stealing a car, barn, freeze frame, garage, cia, silencer, undercover, no opening credits, exploding car, tied to a chair, interrogation, shooting, love triangle

The A-team (2010) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, foot chase, eurocopter as350 squirrel, kissing in public, airbag, money falling through the air, exploding airplane, secret mission, car chase, parachute, freeze frame, secret agent, silencer, product placement, exploding car, ambulance, interrogation, arrest, los angeles california

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 This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, foot chase, kissing in public, exploding airplane, car chase, hong kong, cia, secret agent, silencer, product placement, undercover, exploding car, tied to a chair, spy, interrogation, london england, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, face slap

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'. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, dating, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:tailor, abuse of power, car chase, parachute, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, secret agent, character says i love you, american flag, manipulation, product placement, undercover, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, tied to a chair, ambulance, spy, interrogation, painting, london england

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, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, foot chase, car chase, knife throwing, stealing a car, cia, undercover, tied to a chair, spy, interrogation, arrest, slow motion scene, machine gun, helicopter, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts

Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
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:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia, cia agent, foot chase, airbag, car fire, hacking, car rollover, car chase, stealing a car, secret agent, silencer, manipulation, product placement, no opening credits, exploding car, ambulance, spy, interrogation, london england, watching tv

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Story:cia agent, little boy, foot chase, knife throwing, punched in the stomach, overalls, cia, character says i love you, silencer, stalking, long take, strip club, tied to a chair, interrogation, slow motion scene, helicopter, shootout, pistol, martial arts, husband wife relationship

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. This is why Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, sprinkler system, buddy comedy, car chase, knife throwing, freeze frame, cia, secret agent, silencer, manipulation, product placement, no opening credits, exploding car, spy, interrogation, undressing, arrest, slow motion scene, face slap, machine gun

From Paris With Love (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:restaurant
Story:cia agent, cia, foot chase, listening device, buddy comedy, car chase, stealing a car, secret agent, silencer, american flag, undercover, exploding car, spy, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia, tranquilizer dart, cia agent, foot chase, briton abroad, car chase, parachute, punched in the stomach, stealing a car, secret agent, silencer, long take, manipulation, undercover, underwater scene, exploding car, spy, interrogation, london england, slow motion scene

The Interview (2014)
Comedy

The Interview (2014)

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Read More)

Themes:friendship, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:cia agent, bechdel test failed, masturbation reference, barefoot male, cia, manipulation, undercover, no opening credits, exploding car, best friend, undressing, watching tv, slow motion scene, face slap, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, surveillance, jealousy, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, helipad, exploding airplane, car rollover, skyscraper, car chase, cia, character says i love you, silencer, american flag, long take, manipulation, product placement, undercover, underwater scene, exploding car, tied to a chair, ambulance, painting, arrest

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. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, car fire, car rollover, car chase, parachute, secret agent, silencer, american flag, manipulation, product placement, underwater scene, exploding car, tied to a chair, spy, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, face slap, machine gun, helicopter

Killer Elite (2011) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, eurocopter as350 squirrel, briefcase of money, briton abroad, car chase, rival, secret agent, silencer, exploding car, tied to a chair, spy, london england, machine gun, shootout, pistol, explosion, martial arts, bare chested male, murder, violence

Need For Speed (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Need For Speed (2014)

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, surveillance, revenge, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Story:foot chase, car rollover, car chase, stealing a car, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, garage, american flag, no opening credits, exploding car, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, helicopter, three word title, explosion, bare chested male, murder

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, hacker, car chase, punched in the stomach, reference to william shakespeare, secret agent, silencer, ex husband ex wife relationship, manipulation, exploding car, spy, interrogation, los angeles california, slow motion scene, machine gun, pistol, explosion, bare chested male, murder, violence

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)

Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Story:tranquilizer dart, male in underwear, car chase, parachute, stealing a car, secret agent, product placement, undercover, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, spy, interrogation, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol

Casino Royale (2006) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe? This is why Casino Royale (2006) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:poker game, poker, cia agent, spy, foot chase, murder by gunshot, playing cards, car chase, red dress, cia, secret agent, silencer, tied to a chair, london england, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, horse, helicopter, shootout

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:jealousy, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:foot chase, tailor, car chase, stealing a car, silencer, long take, manipulation, product placement, no opening credits, painting, undressing, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts, fight

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

A young man named Eggsy whose father died when he was a young boy, is dealing with living with the creep his mother is with now, who mistreats her and him. He goes out and does something to one of the creep's friends. He gets arrested and he calls a number a man gave him around the time his father died, to call if he needs help. A man named Harry approaches him and tells him he's the one who helped him. He tells him that he knew his father. When the man Eggsy slighted wants some payback, Harry takes care of him and his companions single handed. Harry then tells Eggsy that he's part of a secret organization called the Kingsman and his father was also part of it. He died trying to make the world safe. Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to be a Kingsman and he takes it. He undergoes a grueling training course. Harry is looking into the demise of another Kingsman and the trail leads him to tech billionaire named Valentine aka V who is also curious about the group following him, the Kingsman. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia, surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage, boy
Story:tranquilizer dart, tailor, briton abroad, car chase, parachute, stealing a car, secret agent, silencer, manipulation, product placement, underwater scene, no opening credits, tied to a chair, spy, interrogation, london england, arrest, slow motion scene, machine gun, shootout

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, spy, foot chase, car chase, secret agent, american flag, product placement, undercover, no opening credits, ambulance, interrogation, arrest, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
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, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, parachute, red dress, silencer, american flag, undercover, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, tied to a chair, interrogation, london england, slow motion scene, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. This is why Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, jealousy, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, grandmother grandson relationship, car chase, male bonding, barn, exploding car, tied to a chair, best friend, lie, shooting, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, face slap, machine gun, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, husband wife relationship

No Strings Attached (2011)
Comedy, Romance

No Strings Attached (2011)

Occasionally in the 15 years since summer camp, Adam and Emma cross paths. When he discovers that an ex-girlfriend is living with his dad, he gets drunk, calls every woman in his cell phone contact list, and ends up passed out naked in her living room. By this time, she's a medical resident in L.A. and he's a gopher on a "Glee"-like TV series, hoping to be a writer. She guards her emotions (calling her father's funeral "a thing"), so after a quick shag in the moments she has before leaving for the hospital, she asks if he wants a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship, without romance or complications. A prescription for fun or for disaster? (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, dating, jealousy
Locations:restaurant
Story:passive aggressive woman, passive aggressive behavior, colleague colleague relationship, female in swimsuit, manipulative behavior, awkward situation, masturbation reference, camera shot of bare feet, male in underwear, male objectification, barefoot female, rival, barefoot male, friendship between men, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, character says i love you, love triangle, los angeles california, face slap, three word title

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage
Story:safety net, foot chase, net, buddy comedy, car chase, knife throwing, parachute, card game, exploding car, tied to a chair, los angeles california, face slap, shootout, pistol, chase, martial arts, husband wife relationship, dog, murder, fight

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, car chase, knife throwing, punched in the stomach, reference to william shakespeare, garage, cia, exploding car, tied to a chair, interrogation, painting, shotgun, machine gun, horse, helicopter, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion

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)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, car chase, stealing a car, secret agent, character says i love you, silencer, undercover, no opening credits, exploding car, ambulance, spy, painting, london england, face slap, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, explosion

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

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. This is why A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Story:cia agent, car chase, freeze frame, cia, character says i love you, manipulation, undercover, underwater scene, exploding car, spy, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, father son relationship

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, blood on face, friendship between men, male bonding, silencer, american flag, long take, underwater scene, exploding car, interrogation, slow motion scene, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, bare chested male, murder, fight

Furious 6 (2013) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Furious 6 (2013)

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, exploding airplane, car rollover, car chase, punched in the stomach, hong kong, silencer, manipulation, product placement, undercover, exploding car, interrogation, london england, arrest, los angeles california, slow motion scene, investigation, shotgun, machine gun, shootout

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, buddy comedy, car chase, freeze frame, long take, undercover, strip club, ambulance, stripper, painting, arrest, investigation, shotgun, machine gun, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, three word title, chase, explosion

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Story:cia, cia agent, foot chase, death by falling, car rollover, car chase, hong kong, barn, secret agent, character says i love you, product placement, no opening credits, exploding car, ambulance, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol

22 Jump Street (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. This is why 22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover, foot chase, eurocopter as350 squirrel, buddy comedy, car chase, stealing a car, product placement, no opening credits, exploding car, arrest, slow motion scene, investigation, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts

Escape Plan (2013) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Story:cia agent, cia, foot chase, punched in the stomach, freeze frame, silencer, undercover, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, tied to a chair, interrogation, arrest, los angeles california, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, sprayed with water, playing against type, freeze frame, american flag, long take, manipulation, product placement, strip club, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, tied to a chair, stripper, interrogation, arrest, slow motion scene, investigation, shotgun, machine gun

Furious Seven (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Furious Seven (2015)

Dominic and his crew thought they'd left the criminal mercenary life behind. They'd defeated international terrorist Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw, is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called "God's Eye," that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, hacker, car chase, parachute, stealing a car, red dress, character says i love you, silencer, product placement, exploding car, ambulance, london england, arrest, los angeles california, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol

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
Story:foot chase, car chase, secret agent, character says i love you, manipulation, no opening credits, tied to a chair, ambulance, spy, interrogation, slow motion scene, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, explosion, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, violence, murder

The Expendables 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. This is why The Expendables 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, playing against type, car rollover, car chase, knife throwing, parachute, cia, silencer, product placement, undercover, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, painting, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, swimming pool, shootout

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:foot chase, cityscape, hacking, hacker, car chase, secret agent, manipulation, underwater scene, exploding car, spy, interrogation, investigation, shotgun, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, sprinkler system, silencer, long take, product placement, no opening credits, interrogation, arrest, slow motion scene, investigation, face slap, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts, bare chested male, fight

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:revenge
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage, boy
Story:cia agent, tranquilizer dart, cia, little boy, dart, car chase, knife throwing, silencer, shooting, watching tv, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, shootout, pistol, explosion, martial arts, husband wife relationship, dog, murder

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, car rollover, parachute, manipulation, product placement, underwater scene, no opening credits, ambulance, london england, slow motion scene, shotgun, face slap, machine gun, horse, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, martial arts

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

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". This is why The Green Hornet (2011) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, revenge
Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Story:little black dress, car rollover, sushi, buddy comedy, car chase, parachute, punched in the stomach, no opening credits, exploding car, interrogation, love triangle, los angeles california, slow motion scene, face slap, machine gun, helicopter, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, three word title

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:kidnapping, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Story:foot chase, car chase, parachute, garage, character says i love you, long take, product placement, underwater scene, no opening credits, exploding car, spy, los angeles california, slow motion scene, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, husband wife relationship

Ant-man (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry, surveillance, revenge, friendship
Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:reference to leonardo dicaprio, passive aggressive woman, sparring, passive aggressive behavior, bechdel test failed, punch in face, male friendship, camera shot of bare feet, rival, barefoot male, friendship between men, ex husband ex wife relationship, manipulation, product placement, underwater scene, no opening credits, ambulance, painting, shooting, arrest

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like This Means War (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:playing poker, foot chase, sparring, knife throwing, punched in the stomach, card game, freeze frame, american flag, exploding car, interrogation, arrest, slow motion scene, shotgun, face slap, machine gun, swimming pool, shootout, pistol, explosion, martial arts

Red (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red (2010)

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, stealing a car, silencer, american flag, exploding car, tied to a chair, ambulance, spy, interrogation, investigation, face slap, machine gun, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, explosion, fight, murder

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