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List of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013): A Hijacking, Patriots Day, The Finest Hours, Hijacked, The Power of Few, Cleanskin, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Captive, Red Water, Desperate Hours.

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama
CountryDenmark
Duration01:43
CharactersPirates
PlotAbduction, Hostage, Mystery
PlaceShips, Ocean
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense

Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations – and an escalating potential for explosive violence.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:46
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Firefighters, Special Forces, Terrorists
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Motorcycles, Investigation, Death
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis's actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Dancing, Adventure
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense, Serious

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersCIA, Heroes, Fathers, Businessmen
PlotSkirmishes, Hostage, Rivalry
PlaceAircraft, Party
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

A special agent's plans to reconcile with his ex-fiancé are ruined when she boards a private jet that is targeted by hijackers working for the same crime lord that he is chasing.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
PlotConspiracies, Mystery
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Spies, cops and armed children cross paths on a day of danger, mystery and possible transformation. Five unusual characters are unknowingly connected to an extraordinary smuggling operation, as religious conspiracy collides with urban crime.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:47
CharactersSpy, Terrorists, Students
PlotObsession, Conspiracies, Rivalry
PlaceEngland
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Serious

While working undercover as a bodyguard to arms dealer Harry, former-soldier-turned-secret-service-agent Ewan survives a bloody shootout with a member of an Islamic terrorist cell who steals Harry's briefcase full of Semtex explosives and escapes. Ewan's spymasters task Ewan with hunting down the cell members and retrieving the briefcase.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceShips, Ocean
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

After "The Poseidon Adventure", in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While the passengers are still on board waiting to be rescued, two rivaling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold and a small amount of plutonium.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA, Mexico
CharactersStrong women, FBI, Judge, Single mothers
PlotOn real events, Drug addict, Hostage, Weapon, Chase
PlaceCourt, Helicopters, USA
TimeNight
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life, for guidance. In reading from the book, Ashley not only finds purpose in her own life, but helps Brian find a more peaceful resolution to a harrowing situation.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountrySouth Africa, USA
CharactersSharks, Hired assassins, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Hostage
PlaceOcean
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

In the quiet waters of the Mississippi, body parts are being discovered. No one knows what is behind it all, until a huge man eating bull shark turns up. This bull shark is different, as it can breath in fresh water, making a deadly encounter between anyone who comes before it. John Sanders must now try and reach the surface, with his ex-wife and whilst being held hostage.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersSpecial agents, FBI
PlotLife, Hostage, Justice, Family life
PlacePrison, Mexico
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A criminal holds a wealthy family hostage.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersHired assassins, Partners
PlotRobbery, Revenge, Hostage, Chase, Justice
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Pursuit, Computers, Chase
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Blown Away tells the story of Jimmy Dove who works for the Boston bomb squad. Shortly after Dove leaves the force his partner is killed by a bomb that Dove thinks might have been made by someone he knows.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:37
CharactersTerrorists
PlotHostage, Intrigue
PlacePrison, USA
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

In 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles is a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family's death. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working under cover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
CharactersCIA, Heroes, Special agents, Bodyguards
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Obsession, Pursuit, Elections
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Smart, Tense

Veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan is a man haunted by his failure to save President Kennedy while serving protection detail in Dallas. Thirty years later, a man calling himself "Booth" threatens the life of the current President, forcing Horrigan to come back to protection detail to confront the ghosts from his past.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersGangsters, Terrorists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceOcean
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

When they're hired to recover the lost treasure of Columbus, married scuba divers Sebastian (Chris Carmack) and Dani (Laura Vandervoort) think they've hit the jackpot. But as they get closer to the fortune, the couple begins to suspect their employers have their own agenda. Hitting upon the real plan, the two come to the chilling realization that they may be expendable and that there's much more than riches at stake.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:53
CharactersSerial killers, Heroes, FBI, Criminals
PlotInvestigation, Hostage
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.

Markimdb: 3.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Thieves, FBI, Criminals
PlotSurvival, Robbery, Dancing, Martial Arts, Money
PlaceAircraft, Mountains
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane.

Markimdb: 1.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Earthquake, Vacation, Snow
PlaceEgypt, Trains, Pyramid
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Massive earthquakes open the Arabian tectonic plate, resulting in unstable weather and freezing temperatures that will be unsurvivable by nightfall. Attempting to reach safety, a vacationing family in Egypt must battle the rapidly cooling temperatures that usher in a new Ice Age, covering the Sphinx, Pyramids, and Sahara Desert with mountains of snow.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersTerrorists, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Blackmail
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the cops after they give him UV marked money. He then wants revenge and places a bomb in a roller coaster at the most important amusement park event of the year.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryIndia
Duration02:05
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Stewardesses, Businessmen
PlotLove, Passion, Death
PlaceIndia, Cemetery, Asia
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy

ACP Vishnu is sent on a mission to investigate and clean the underbelly of Goa. During his investigation, he uncovers a huge racket and discovers the involvement of various politicians.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Partners
PlotOn real events, Boxing, Rivalry
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Malta
Duration02:28
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Lifeguards, Military, Bodyguards
PlotOn real events, Survival, Dancing, Cars, Aviation
PlaceAircraft, Israel
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Heavy, Tense, For men

In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryNorway
Duration01:27
CharactersThieves
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Bank robbery, Money, Hostage
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, For men

In the morning of April 5, 2004, the greatest bank robbery in Norwegian history was carried out in Stavanger. The robbery itself is the main character of the story, and it is illuminated from several angles in the course of the film, from the perspective of the police, the robbers, the central cash service personnel, and ordinary people

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersMafia, Serial killers, Alcoholics
PlotInvestigation, Hostage, Mystery
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleExciting, Action, By books, Atmospheric, Heavy

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Rivalry
PlaceIreland
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Special agents, FBI
PlotHostage, Rivalry, Lost memory
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious, For men

Boomer (Wiper) is a rookie cop based in the urban hellhole that is downtown Chicago. After his involvement in a drug bust operation which results in the death of Carlos (Carmen Argenziano), his mentor and father figure, Boomer becomes disillusioned with the brutal and inhumane nature of his job. Consequently, he decides to hand in his resignation to the Chicago Police Department and return to his home town of Joliet, where his fiancé, Kelly (Natasha Henstridge), awaits.While en route back to Joliet, however, Boomer makes a grievous error in judgment when he stops for, and assists, an unfortunate motorist whose vehicle appears to have broken down; the naive ex-cop is swiftly attacked and rendered unconscious. Boomer awakes to find that his car and wallet have been stolen, and that he has become involved in a dangerous game of mistaken identity.

Markimdb: 3.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersHired assassins, Couriers, Pilots
PlotAbduction, Pursuit, Hostage, Chase, Conspiracies
PlaceAircraft, USA
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Disturbing

Sean Haggerty only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryIndia
Duration02:05
CharactersPartners
PlotAbduction, Pursuit, Rivalry
PlaceIndia
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

Hanumant Singh is the quirky cop in the police department. He is a man of action who delivers most of the time but he has unusual ways to accomplish his mission. More importantly, he doesn't think twice before hobnobbing with corrupt politicians and gangsters and taking bribes for services rendered. Trouble begins when a new and seemingly honest recruit joins his team.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, Malta, Morocco
Duration02:20
CharactersCIA, Special Forces, Terrorists, Tough guys
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceEmbassy
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Australia, Spain
Duration02:10
CharactersWhale, Cannibals
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Death, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Uninhabited island
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.





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