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True Lies (1994)
Action, Comedy, Thriller

True Lies (1994)

Harry Tasker ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)) leads a double life. At work he is a government agent with a license to do just about anything, while at home he pretends to be a dull computer salesman. He is on the trail of stolen nuclear weapons that are in the hands of fanatic terrorists when something more important comes up. Harry finds his wife is seeing another man ('Bill Paxton' (qv)) because she needs some adventure in her life. Harry decides to give it to her, juggling pursuit of terrorists on one hand and an adventure for his wife on the other while showing he can Tango all at once. (Read More)

Themes:affair,  surveillance,  humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  blackmail,  terrorism,  seduction,  dance,  infidelity,  marriage,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:secret agent,  agent,  intelligence agent,  undercover agent,  secret mission,  spy hero,  girl in bra and panties,  black bra and panties,  intelligence agency,  secret,  fighter jet,  anti arab,  arab american,  gadget car,  double agent,  government agent,  undercover men,  automatic weapon,  terrorist base,  terrorist bombing,  woman punching a man,  man punching a woman,  spy film,  terrorist group,  mission,  spy spoof,  terrorist plot,  counter terrorism,  anti terrorism,  black bra,  woman with glasses,  top secret,  secret service,  remake of french film,  terrorist,  extramarital affair,  spy,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  verticle take off and landing aircraft,  truck falling into water,  blue danube waltz,  murderous fantasy,  hit with a telephone,  fight in car,  picking lock,  wet cement,  running out of ammo,  tapped phone,  florida keys,  muslim american,  reference to rambo,  used car salesman,  mounted police,  truth serum,  twentieth century,  kidnapped daughter,  kneed in the groin,  jackhammer,  extremism,  car dealer,  hidden truth,  criminal syndicate,  krav maga,  blowtorch,  french accent,  mushroom cloud,  snowglobe,  year 1994,  gadgetry,  x rayed skeleton,  nuclear weapons,  breaking a mirror,  james bond spoof,  trenchcoat,  chinatown,  sitting on a toilet,  two way mirror,  high tech,  unsubtitled foreign language,  honesty,  camcorder,  swimming underwater,  jet,  ski mask,  wetting pants,  artifact,  falling into water,  trailer home,  computer cracker,  female removes her dress,  intelligence,  abuse of power,  grenade launcher,  flamethrower,  divorcee,  tango,  stabbed in the eye,  gadget,  knife throwing,  20th century,  spying,  rose,  arab,  gash in the face,  hit in the crotch,  buddy,  kickboxing,  blockbuster,  villainess,  catfight,  heavy rain,  mass murder,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  automobile,  undercover,  champagne,  liar,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  karate,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  woman,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  lie,  thong,  gunfight,  hero,  remake,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  panties,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  death,  gun,  violence

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,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  fighter jet,  anti arab,  government agent,  agent,  terrorist group,  mission,  terrorist plot,  counter terrorism,  top secret,  terrorist,  action hero,  extremism,  blowtorch,  mushroom cloud,  nuclear weapons,  computer cracker,  knife throwing,  kickboxing,  uzi,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:intelligence agent,  undercover agent,  intelligence agency,  double agent,  spy spoof,  wet cement,  gadgetry,  unsubtitled foreign language,  gadget,  knife throwing,  hit in the crotch,  villainess,  agent,  catfight,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  undercover,  mission,  champagne,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  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)

Themes:terrorism,  seduction
Locations:snow
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  gadget car,  double agent,  spy film,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  action hero,  gadgetry,  x rayed skeleton,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  blockbuster,  agent,  mass murder,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  bridge,  terrorist,  spy,  interrogation,  thong,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  gun,  death

I Spy (2002) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
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,  kidnapping
Story:secret agent,  double agent,  woman punching a man,  spy spoof,  top secret,  secret service,  action hero,  james bond spoof,  high tech,  intelligence,  flamethrower,  gadget,  spying,  buddy,  agent,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  exploding car,  bridge,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction,  dance,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  fighter jet,  gadget car,  spy spoof,  terrorist plot,  woman with glasses,  top secret,  secret,  action hero,  gadgetry,  james bond spoof,  two way mirror,  high tech,  computer cracker,  abuse of power,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  villainess,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  exploding car,  bra,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  violence

Grimsby (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  gadget car,  agent,  terrorist group,  spy spoof,  terrorist plot,  top secret,  action hero,  gadgetry,  james bond spoof,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  villainess,  espionage,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  bridge,  terrorist,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  gunfight,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death

Goldeneye (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

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

Themes:terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:weapon,  intelligence agent,  secret agent,  intelligence agency,  fighter jet,  gadget car,  agent,  terrorist plot,  top secret,  secret service,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  gadgetry,  nuclear weapons,  high tech,  unsubtitled foreign language,  jet,  computer cracker,  intelligence,  gadget,  spying,  blockbuster,  villainess,  espionage,  die hard scenario,  karate,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  exploding car,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  gun,  violence,  death

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Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
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:seduction,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  double agent,  black bra,  two way mirror,  ski mask,  intelligence,  knife throwing,  hit in the crotch,  agent,  heavy rain,  espionage,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  karate,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  exploding car,  bridge,  woman,  bra,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  death,  gun,  violence

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  government agent,  spy spoof,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  gadgetry,  james bond spoof,  flamethrower,  gadget,  knife throwing,  hit in the crotch,  catfight,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. This is why Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy spoof,  top secret,  action hero,  gadgetry,  james bond spoof,  high tech,  gadget,  espionage,  die hard scenario,  undercover,  mission,  karate,  one man army,  exploding car,  bridge,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  gunfight,  hero,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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

Never Say Never Again (1983)

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

Themes:blackmail,  terrorism,  dance
Story:secret mission,  secret agent,  spy hero,  terrorist plot,  top secret,  nuclear weapons,  two way mirror,  female removes her dress,  grenade launcher,  tango,  gadget,  spying,  blockbuster,  villainess,  agent,  uzi,  automobile,  undercover,  mission,  femme fatale,  exploding car,  weapon,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  remake,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  government agent,  woman with glasses,  action hero,  gadgetry,  high tech,  computer cracker,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  knife throwing,  villainess,  uzi,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent,  intelligence agency,  fighter jet,  terrorist base,  terrorist bombing,  woman punching a man,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  anti terrorism,  terrorist,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  computer cracker,  intelligence,  grenade launcher,  flamethrower,  stabbed in the eye,  gadget,  hit in the crotch,  buddy,  blockbuster,  mass murder,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  violence

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The Avengers (1998)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Avengers (1998)

British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:secret agent,  agent,  spy hero,  gadget car,  government agent,  spy spoof,  terrorist plot,  secret,  action hero,  gadgetry,  gadget,  catfight,  karate,  exploding car,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  remake,  machine gun,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence

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 True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  government agent,  terrorist plot,  action hero,  x rayed skeleton,  nuclear weapons,  two way mirror,  computer cracker,  agent,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  bridge,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death

Spies Like Us (1985) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Story:intelligence agent,  undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  mission,  spy spoof,  top secret,  secret service,  secret,  nuclear weapons,  james bond spoof,  intelligence,  flamethrower,  spying,  blockbuster,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  undercover,  weapon,  spy,  interrogation,  gunfight,  machine gun,  shootout,  explosion

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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:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent,  woman punching a man,  man punching a woman,  action hero,  truth serum,  knife throwing,  agent,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  bridge,  woman,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

Spy Hard (1996)
Action, Comedy

Spy Hard (1996)

General Rancor is threatening to destroy the world with a missile he is hiding at his secret base. But to complete his goal, he needs a special computer chip, invented by the scientist Prof. Ukrinsky. Special Agent Dick Steele is assigned to the case, in order to prevent the worst. He teams up with Ukrinsky's daughter Veronique, who happens to be a KGB agent. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  double agent,  spy spoof,  secret service,  exploding helicopter,  james bond spoof,  gadget,  hit in the crotch,  agent,  catfight,  espionage,  karate,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  woman,  spy,  secret,  helicopter,  martial arts,  gun,  violence

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:secret service,  agent,  secret,  terrorist,  government agent,  automatic weapon,  man punching a woman,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  gash in the face,  heavy rain,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  subjective camera,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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Spectre (2015) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Spectre (2015)

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. This is why Spectre (2015) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret mission,  secret agent,  spy hero,  gadget car,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  secret,  action hero,  criminal syndicate,  gadgetry,  x rayed skeleton,  high tech,  unsubtitled foreign language,  computer cracker,  gadget,  blockbuster,  heavy rain,  espionage,  neck breaking,  undercover,  mission,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  lie,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence,  death,  gun

Get Smart (2008)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Get Smart (2008)

American Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. When the agency's head office is attacked, the Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with sexy Agent 99, much to her chagrin. The duo nevertheless set off to combat their attackers by first parachuting off an airplane and landing in Russian territory - followed closely by an over seven feet tall, 400 pound goon, known simply as Dalip. The duo, handicapped by Maxwell's antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties, while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  dance
Story:secret agent,  spy hero,  double agent,  spy spoof,  top secret,  secret service,  james bond spoof,  flamethrower,  gadget,  agent,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the leg,  exploding car,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  hero,  remake,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent,  woman,  government agent,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  top secret,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  high tech,  computer cracker,  hit in the crotch,  blockbuster,  villainess,  espionage,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  femme fatale,  child in peril,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death

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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)

Themes:terrorism
Story:secret agent,  spy hero,  intelligence agency,  terrorist base,  terrorist group,  action hero,  intelligence,  spying,  espionage,  one man army,  weapon,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  machine gun,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  gun,  violence

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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

Themes:surveillance
Story:intelligence agent,  agent,  undercover agent,  secret mission,  secret agent,  spy hero,  intelligence agency,  gadget car,  spy film,  mission,  secret service,  exploding helicopter,  secret,  action hero,  mushroom cloud,  gadgetry,  nuclear weapons,  high tech,  intelligence,  flamethrower,  gadget,  spying,  blockbuster,  villainess,  espionage,  automobile,  karate,  femme fatale,  spy,  hero,  motorcycle,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence

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. This is why Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  terrorist plot,  secret service,  secret,  action hero,  two way mirror,  swimming underwater,  stabbed in the eye,  gadget,  villainess,  agent,  mass murder,  espionage,  die hard scenario,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  one man army,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence,  gun

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Skyfall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Skyfall (2012)

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:intelligence agent,  agent,  undercover agent,  mission,  secret agent,  spy hero,  intelligence agency,  intelligence,  terrorist bombing,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  gadgetry,  computer cracker,  gadget,  knife throwing,  blockbuster,  heavy rain,  uzi,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence,  death

The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

James Bond is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6 and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard, who has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous agent, is secretly planning the destruction of a pipeline. Bond gains a hand from a research scientist, Dr. Christmas Jones who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King, especially when Bond's boss, M goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism
Locations:snow
Period:1990s
Story:secret agent,  agent,  secret mission,  spy hero,  intelligence agency,  gadget car,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  terrorist,  exploding helicopter,  secret,  action hero,  nuclear weapons,  high tech,  flamethrower,  gadget,  spying,  blockbuster,  villainess,  uzi,  espionage,  automobile,  mission,  femme fatale,  one man army,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
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,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:agent,  undercover agent,  secret agent,  double agent,  woman punching a man,  man punching a woman,  terrorist group,  mission,  terrorist plot,  woman,  action hero,  truth serum,  x rayed skeleton,  gadget,  blockbuster,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  martial arts,  gun,  death,  violence

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

London Has Fallen (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:secret service,  fighter jet,  anti arab,  agent,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  secret,  action hero,  extremism,  grenade launcher,  stabbed in the eye,  mass murder,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  violence,  death

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. This is why American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy spoof,  top secret,  two way mirror,  unsubtitled foreign language,  abuse of power,  gash in the face,  agent,  heavy rain,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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

Red 2 (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  seduction,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  action hero,  agent,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  undercover,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  terrorist,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  gun,  death,  violence

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Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:intelligence agent,  secret agent,  intelligence,  agent,  woman,  exploding helicopter,  secret,  action hero,  two way mirror,  uzi,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  exploding car,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death

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:undercover agent,  secret agent,  double agent,  government agent,  action hero,  villainess,  agent,  catfight,  shot in the arm,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  spy,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  remake,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  violence,  death

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,  terrorism
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent,  black bra and panties,  exploding helicopter,  two way mirror,  unsubtitled foreign language,  mass murder,  washington d.c.,  die hard scenario,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  child in peril,  exploding car,  terrorist,  spy,  interrogation,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  violence

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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. This is why 3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  terrorist,  spy,  action hero,  breaking a mirror,  agent,  uzi,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  woman,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence

Casino Royale (2006) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
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:terrorism,  surveillance,  infidelity
Characters:hostage
Story:mission,  secret agent,  gadget car,  intelligence,  double agent,  agent,  terrorist base,  secret service,  terrorist,  spy,  action hero,  gadget,  hit in the crotch,  blockbuster,  mass murder,  espionage,  neck breaking,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  weapon,  woman,  secret,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Chimera is a deadly virus that will bare a deathly death unless you are given the antidote. The creator of Chimera is murdered and the antidote is stolen by a disavowed IMF agent, Sean Ambrose. The Impossible Mission Force, IMF, hire the skilled and charming Ethan Hunt, and the beautiful Nyah Nirdoff-Hall, who has had her share with Ambrose. Their mission, should they choose to accept it is to send Hirdoff-Hall undercover to Ambrose and learn what she can for Hunt to bring down Chimera, but they will have to break into a secure lab by jumping off buildings and dodging bullets. Its impossible. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Period:1990s
Story:agent,  mission,  undercover agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  action hero,  computer cracker,  gash in the face,  blockbuster,  espionage,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  undercover,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence,  gun

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
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,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  black bra,  secret service,  action hero,  high tech,  computer cracker,  grenade launcher,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  exploding car,  bridge,  terrorist,  bra,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence,  death

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:fighter jet,  government agent,  terrorist bombing,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  action hero,  jet,  computer cracker,  mass murder,  shot in the arm,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  exploding car,  bridge,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence,  gun

Johnny English (2003) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Johnny English (2003)

Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we follow our hero as he attempts to single-handedly save the country from falling into the hands of a despot. This is why Johnny English (2003) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994).

Themes:surveillance
Story:intelligence agent,  secret agent,  spy hero,  intelligence agency,  gadget car,  agent,  spy spoof,  secret service,  spy,  secret,  truth serum,  gadgetry,  james bond spoof,  intelligence,  gadget,  spying,  espionage,  champagne,  weapon,  hand to hand combat,  hero,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  gun,  violence

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. Her old chums in the Chapter are now out to kill her so she enlists the help of a cheap detective named Mitch. As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Both Mitch and Charly proceed to do the killing thing, the bleeding thing and the shooting thing. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:secret agent,  terrorist plot,  top secret,  secret service,  kneed in the groin,  wetting pants,  stabbed in the eye,  knife throwing,  agent,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  bridge,  woman,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  black comedy,  helicopter,  neo noir,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts

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

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:top secret,  undercover agent,  secret agent,  fighter jet,  gadget car,  double agent,  government agent,  agent,  terrorist group,  mission,  terrorist plot,  secret,  action hero,  gadgetry,  high tech,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  uzi,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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

Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  kidnapping
Locations:snow
Characters:hostage
Story:government agent,  agent,  woman punching a man,  man punching a woman,  secret service,  exploding helicopter,  wetting pants,  washington d.c.,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts

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Face/off (1997) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
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Face/off (1997)

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent, is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy and a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk. The solution, a special operation doctor that can cut off people's faces, and can place a person's face onto another person. Archer undergoes one of those surgeries to talk to Pollux. However, Castor Troy somehow regains consciousness and now wants revenge on Archer for taking his face. Not only is Troy ruining Archer's mission, but his personal life as well. Archer must stop Troy again. This time, it's personal. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  infidelity,  kidnapping
Period:1990s
Story:agent,  terrorist,  undercover agent,  government agent,  woman punching a man,  man punching a woman,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  counter terrorism,  action hero,  gash in the face,  blockbuster,  mass murder,  shot in the arm,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  one man army,  weapon,  dysfunctional family,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  panties,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  violence

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  government agent,  top secret,  secret service,  extramarital affair,  action hero,  espionage,  undercover,  mission,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  one man army,  spy,  interrogation,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  father daughter relationship,  death,  gun,  violence

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

Act Of Valor (2012)

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

Themes:terrorism,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent,  secret mission,  terrorist plot,  anti terrorism,  intelligence,  agent,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  undercover,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  exploding car,  terrorist,  subjective camera,  interrogation,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  violence,  death,  gun

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Killer Elite (2011)
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
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent,  government agent,  action hero,  stabbed in the eye,  hit in the crotch,  agent,  shot in the arm,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  exploding car,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  secret,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  violence,  death

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like True Lies (1994)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  terrorism
Story:undercover agent,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  exploding helicopter,  action hero,  gadgetry,  nuclear weapons,  grenade launcher,  gadget,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  femme fatale,  one man army,  exploding car,  terrorist,  spy,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  father daughter relationship

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,  terrorism
Story:undercover agent,  secret agent,  government agent,  terrorist plot,  agent,  uzi,  neck breaking,  automobile,  undercover,  shot in the forehead,  femme fatale,  exploding car,  weapon,  bridge,  woman,  terrorist,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence

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