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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent - a mole - and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  divorce,  torture,  adultery
Locations:bathtub,  school
Period:1970s
Story:mole,  intelligence,  forced retirement,  budapest hungary,  hungary,  british spy,  eye test,  shot dead,  breastfeeding,  secret document,  chess piece,  betrayal by friend,  double agent,  caravan,  schoolteacher,  very little dialogue,  istanbul turkey,  briefcase,  spying,  wound,  bullet,  cold war,  trust,  espionage,  domestic violence,  man with glasses,  spy,  f word,  swimming,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  woman on top,  shower,  party,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder

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:surveillance,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:mole,  intelligence,  double agent,  briefcase,  trust,  espionage,  spy,  interrogation,  shower,  murder

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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:torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:double agent,  intelligence,  wound,  bullet,  cold war,  espionage,  man with glasses,  spy,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

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

Themes:surveillance,  torture,  adultery
Locations:bathtub
Story:cold war,  double agent,  intelligence,  briefcase,  man with glasses,  spy,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

I Spy (2002) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:budapest hungary,  double agent,  intelligence,  spying,  espionage,  spy,  interrogation,  party

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. This is why Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  adultery
Locations:bathtub
Period:1970s
Story:double agent,  mole,  cold war,  spy,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shower,  murder

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:adultery
Story:double agent,  intelligence,  bullet,  espionage,  man with glasses,  spy,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship

Casino Royale (2006)
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? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture,  adultery
Story:intelligence,  british spy,  spy,  double agent,  trust,  espionage,  swimming,  shot in the head,  shower,  based on novel,  murder

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Salt (2010) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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,  torture
Period:1970s
Story:spy,  double agent,  mole,  intelligence,  cold war,  espionage,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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:surveillance,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:mole,  istanbul turkey,  cold war,  espionage,  man with glasses,  spy,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  based on novel,  murder

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce
Locations:bathtub
Period:1970s
Story:trust,  domestic violence,  man with glasses,  swimming,  f word,  party,  husband wife relationship

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:spy,  cold war,  intelligence,  spying,  espionage,  interrogation,  husband wife relationship

Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  divorce
Period:1970s
Story:mole,  domestic violence,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:cold war,  trust,  spy,  interrogation,  shower,  party,  murder

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Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:surveillance
Story:trust,  man with glasses,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shower,  murder

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape. This is why '71 (2014) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Period:1970s
Story:wound,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Spy Game (2001) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Spy Game (2001)

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

Themes:torture
Story:espionage,  intelligence,  spying,  cold war,  spy,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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

No Way Out (1987)

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

Themes:adultery
Story:mole,  intelligence,  spy,  cold war,  trust,  espionage,  neo noir,  party,  based on novel,  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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:double agent,  mole,  intelligence,  espionage,  spy,  neo noir,  murder

Zwartboek (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Story:spy,  schoolteacher,  wound,  bullet,  trust,  espionage,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shower,  party,  murder

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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Crime, Drama

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. This is why The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  adultery
Locations:bathtub
Story:domestic violence,  man with glasses,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  husband wife relationship,  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,  torture
Story:mole,  spying,  wound,  espionage,  domestic violence,  man with glasses,  spy,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shower,  murder

Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? (Read More)

Story:intelligence,  spying,  trust,  espionage,  spy

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Drama, History, Thriller

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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

Themes:torture,  surveillance
Locations:school
Story:interrogation,  intelligence,  espionage,  spy,  f word,  shot in the head

Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

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

Themes:torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:istanbul turkey,  bullet,  shot in the head,  woman on top,  shower,  murder

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. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:spying,  espionage,  spy,  interrogation,  neo noir,  shower,  party,  based on novel,  murder

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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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture,  adultery
Story:espionage,  spy,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  murder

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

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:divorce,  torture
Story:intelligence,  wound,  trust,  man with glasses,  spy,  f word,  shot in the head,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder

Nikita (1990) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Action, Thriller

Nikita (1990)

Nikita est tres jeune, elle a vingt ans, mais elle a emprunte une mauvaise voie. Pendant un hold-up avec sa bande, elle tue un policier et est condamnee a la prison a vie. Les services secrets, par contre, lui offrent une voie de sortie : devenir un agent special, pret a tout, a leur service. Nikita accepte et commence ainsi un apprentissage tres dur qui concerne non seulement les differents modes de tuer, de prendre la fuite ou de faire face a des situations imprevues, mais aussi la maniere de se comporter en femme qui a de la classe, capable de se conduire avec aisance dans tous les milieux. Sous la conduite de Bob, Nikita arrive a freiner son caractere rebelle et a surmonter la terrible epreuve finale. Elle semble etre devenue une personne differente et tombe amoureuse. Mais faut-il faire confiance aux services secrets ? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Locations:bathtub,  school
Story:espionage,  spy,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shower,  murder

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The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  adultery
Locations:bathtub
Story:budapest hungary,  caravan,  intelligence,  wound,  spy,  swimming,  interrogation,  shower,  based on novel,  murder

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

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. This is why Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Story:espionage,  spy,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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,  torture
Story:double agent,  spy,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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Shallow Grave (1994) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Crime, Thriller

Shallow Grave (1994)

The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control.

Themes:torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:briefcase,  trust,  man with glasses,  party,  murder

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Locations:bathtub
Story:interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shower,  murder

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Locations:school
Period:1970s
Story:f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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Narc (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? This is why Narc (2002) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Story:bullet,  domestic violence,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  murder

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Story:budapest hungary,  hungary,  briefcase,  bullet,  man with glasses,  spy,  shower,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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,  divorce,  adultery
Locations:bathtub
Story:wound,  swimming,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  shower,  based on novel,  murder

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance
Story:bullet,  man with glasses,  f word,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  based on novel,  murder

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

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

Themes:torture
Story:spy,  espionage,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Enemy Of The State (1998) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Enemy Of The State (1998)

Robert Dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Congressman Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is chased by Reynolds' team of NSA agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the NSA decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the tables on Reynolds. This is why Enemy Of The State (1998) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:intelligence,  espionage,  man with glasses,  f word,  neo noir,  party,  murder,  husband wife relationship

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The Informant! (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Informant! (2009)

Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:mole,  spying,  man with glasses,  spy,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:adultery
Story:briefcase,  swimming,  f word,  woman on top,  shower,  party,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder

Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiance, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Story:intelligence,  espionage,  spy,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Story:domestic violence,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Duplicity (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Duplicity (2009)

Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another - difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other? This is why Duplicity (2009) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:trust,  espionage,  spy,  interrogation,  shower

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture
Story:betrayal by friend,  f word,  interrogation,  neo noir,  murder

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American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  divorce,  adultery
Period:1970s
Story:briefcase,  man with glasses,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  party,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Breach (2007) is one of the best movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Breach (2007)

In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits. Within weeks, the crusty Hanssen, a devout Catholic, has warmed to O'Neill, who grows to respect Hanssen. O'Neill's wife resents Hanssen's intrusiveness; the personal and professional stakes get higher. How they catch Hanssen and why he spies become the film's story. Can O'Neill help catch red-handed "the worst spy in history" and hold onto his personal life? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Story:double agent,  mole,  spying,  trust,  espionage,  spy,  shot in the head,  husband wife relationship,  murder

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:surveillance,  torture
Story:bullet,  espionage,  domestic violence,  spy,  swimming,  f word,  interrogation,  shot in the head,  murder

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