10 best movies like The Day of the Jackal (1973)

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The Day of the Jackal 1973
An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin’s trail.
List of the best movies like The Day of the Jackal (1973): The Jackal, Spooks: The Greater Good, Cleanskin, The Professional, State of Play, The Prey, Blitz, Headshot, Le Cercle Rouge, I... For Icarus.

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The Jackal (1997)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan
Duration02:04

Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, the perfectionist Jackal proves an elusive target for the men charged with the task of bringing him down: a deputy FBI boss and a former IRA terrorist.

Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:32

During a handover to the head of counter-terrorism of MI5, Harry Pearce, a terrorist escapes custody. When Harry disappears soon after, his protégé is tasked with finding out what happened as an impending attack on London looms, and eventually uncovers a deadly conspiracy.

Cleanskin (2012)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:47

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.

The Professional (1981)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance
Duration01:48

French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to kill the president Njala of an African country. However, a counter-order is given before he can execute his mission and he is abandoned in the hands of foreign authorities. He escapes and seeks revenge by pursuing what was his original mission.

State of Play (2009)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:07

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

The Prey (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance
Duration01:45

A robber escapes from prison with a single objective in mind: to track down his former cellmate, a serial killer who intends to pin his crimes on him. A cop is sent after the robber who, despite his best efforts, soon becomes Public Enemy Number One. As the protagonists are driven to their limits, it becomes increasingly unclear who is the hunter and who is the prey.

Blitz (2011)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:37

A tough, renegade cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.

Headshot (2011)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryThailand, France

A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration02:14

When French criminal Corey gets released from prison, he resolves to never return. He is quickly pulled back into the underworld, however, after a chance encounter with escaped murderer Vogel. Along with former policeman and current alcoholic Jansen, they plot an intricate jewel heist. All the while, quirky Police Commissioner Mattei, who was the one to lose custody of Vogel, is determined to find him.

I... For Icarus (1979)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance
Duration02:02

The film's plot is based on the Kennedy assassination and subsequent investigation. The film begins with the assassination of President Marc Jarry, who is about to be inaugurated for a second six-year term of office. Henri Volney, state attorney and member of the commission charged with investigating the assassination (based on the Warren Commission) refuses to agree to the commission's final findings. The film portrays the initial controversy about this, as well as Volney and his staff's reopening of the investigation.

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Alex Cross (2012)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:41

After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.

The Courier (2019)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom

This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Gary Oldman stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier to unknowingly deliver a poison-gas bomb to slay Nick, but after she rescues Nick from certain death, the duo must confront an army of ruthless hired killers in order to survive the night.

Tell No One (2006)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, United Kingdom
Duration02:11

A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.

Flic Story (1975)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy

The film story depicts Emile Buisson, following the death of his wife and child, escaping from a psychiatric institution in 1947 and returning to Paris. Buisson, who three years later would become France's public enemy number one, begins a murderous rampage through the French capital.

A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:47

Jack Higgins' straightforward thriller about a guilt-ridden IRA bomber forced into "one last job"

The Gunman (2015)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Spain, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:24

Eight years after fleeing the Congo following his assassination of that country's minister of mining, former assassin Jim Terrier is back, suffering from PTSD and digging wells to atone for his violent past. After an attempt is made on his life, Terrier flies to London to find out who wants him dead -- and why. Terrier's search leads him to a reunion with Annie, a woman he once loved, who is now married to an oily businessman with dealings in Africa.

The Star Chamber (1983)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:49

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.

Faster (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has spent the last 10 years in prison planning revenge for the murder of his brother. Now that Driver is free to carry out his deadly plan only two men stand in his way- Billy Bob Thornton plays a veteran cop and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, a crazy hitman. With those two close on his trail, Driver races to carry out his mission as the mystery surrounding his brothers murder deepens.

Bastille Day (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, China, Germany
Duration02:25

Michael Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the case, soon realises that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

The Connection (2014)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:15

Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French Connection, a highly organized operation that controls the city's underground heroin economy and is overseen by the notorious —and reputedly untouchable— Gaetan Zampa. Fearless, determined and willing to go the distance, Pierre plunges into an underworld world of insane danger and ruthless criminals.

36th Precinct (2004)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance
Duration01:51

The Film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of police while in the middle of a search for a gang of violent thieves. The movie is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years with the french police before creating this story, which in part is taken from real facts that happened during the 1980s in France.

Interview with a Hitman (2012)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:36

An elite hitman returns to erase his past only to find that somebody has messed with his future.

Colt 45 (2014)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:25

Vincent Miles, a gunsmith and shooting instructor at the National Police, is an expert in combat shooting who stubbornly refuses to join a field brigade, a choice which their colleagues do not understand. When he meets Milo Cardena, a mysterious and skilled cop, his life changes in such way that he cannot ignore his true nature anymore.

Nick of Time (1995)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:30

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones.

Assassination Games (2011)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Romania
Duration01:36

Brazil is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both Brazil and Flint want him dead – one for the money, the other for revenge. With crooked Interpol agents and vicious members of the criminal underworld hot on their trail, these two assassins reluctantly join forces to quickly take out their target before they themselves are terminated.

Rider on the Rain (1969)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration01:59

A US Army colonel in France tries to track down an escaped sex maniac.

Blow Out (1981)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

The Devil's Own (1997)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:47

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, forces Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder.

No Mercy (1986)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

An unconventional undercover Chicago cop and his partner are recruited to commit the murder of a New Orleans criminal kingpin.

Fear City (1984)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36

Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and murdered by a psycho. A hard-nosed police detective and a conflicted ex-boxer-turned-private-eye, hired by the strip club owners, set out to find him before he strikes again.




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