Kingsman: The Secret Service re-sparked the interest in spy films for many people including me. For me it was the first spy film I had seen in a year and it was made brilliantly. To honour this great film, I have put together a list of 10 movies that are like/similar to Kingsman: The Secret Service so you can carry on the passion for spy films.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
This is a relatively new film, but it is amazing. It has slight humour in, but it is mad on the action in this movie so if you’re an action movie person this film is for you. This film is about a KGB operative and a CIA agent working together to try and stop an anonymous criminal organization developing and using nuclear weapons, at the height of the cold war.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Jeff Kleeman and David C. Wilson.
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
Dave Lizeweski is a regular teenager in high school, who isn’t popular so he decides to reinvent himself as a comic book superhero. After putting on a costume and having no superpowers whatsoever, he joins up with a father/daughter vigilante group and another guy who calls himself Red Mist. However, this group of superheroes are put to the test when an evil mobster comes to town. There is also Kick-Ass 2 out.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz.
James Bond Films
I have to include these, as these are also great spy films just like Kingsman: The Secret Service, except Kingsman has more modern and better gadgets and has more of a comedic style to it. Whereas the James Bond films are just full of pure action, but it is intense and awesome. Some James Bond movies are Skyfall, Gold Finger and Casino Royale to name a few. Also Spectre is coming out soon. You can buy a box set of all the films here.
This film is about two complete opposites having their lives swapped over. As part of a bet by his brother, Louis Winthorpe III swaps lives with a hustler called Billy Ray Valentine. The bet is that Valentine can do Louis’s job just as good as he does in a short period of time. Learning from each other, they soon work together to achieve their goals easier.
Director: John Landis
Writers: Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod.
Starring: Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.
No it’s not the superhero Avengers, this is about british secret service agents trying to stop an evil genius from using his powers against London and the World. Sir August de Wynter can harness the power of the weather using it to his advantage to take over the world and it’s up to a couple of secret service agents to stop him. Be advised, this film is quite cheesy so if you don’t like that in a film, then stay away.
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Writers: Sydney Newman and Don MacPherson.
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery.
Vin Diesel stars in this film as an extreme sports athlete, who does near death public stunts for his sport. An NSA agent recruits him into the organization, where his skills will be tested when he faces the extreme brutality of his mission. Will he successfully complete his mission?
Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Rich Wilkes
Starring: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento and Marton Csokas.
Wesley Gibson is an office worker whose life is at a standstill, with a job going nowhere. After his father is killed, he meets Fox who tells him that his father was an assassin and who recruits him into the society of the assassins. Fox and Sloan teach him how to use his killing abilities and harness their power, but Wesley is suspicious of this society as something just doesn’t seem right…
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writer: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan.
Starring: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman.
Mission: Impossible Films
These are good films that are full of action. All of these films follow Jason Bourne an American CIA agent as he goes on missions and sets about completing his objectives. These are all action packed, but they are not humourous at all unlike Kingsman. Although, they are all modern films that use modern gadgets to help him and are attention grabbing all the way through. These are definitely worth a watch.
Gary King is 40, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to recreate some of his best nights almost 20 years a go. He drags his four buddies along with him who are very reluctant to go, but after a night of heavy drinking they go to one of their favourite places, a pub called The World’s End. However, all is not as it seems in this pub as something mysterious is going on. Unfortunately for the group of five, it is up to them to save mankind.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman.
Johnny English & Johnny English Reborn
Both of these films follow a somewhat incapable British spy around on his missions. Often these missions end up very badly for him, but it is hilariously entertaining to watch. These are great films if you like comedy action films, but even if you like comedy films then this is to watch. I think the second one is a bit better than the first but they are both awesome, and will have you in stitches.