10 Lesser-Known Movies To Watch if You Like The Bourne Supremacy
Here are some of the best (and criminally underrated) movies just like The Bourne Supremacy – with covert operations, cryptic espionage, and high-stake thrills.
1. Safe House (2012)
Safe House is that gem of a film where you get to see Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington share the screen. A mix of tense atmospheres and unexpected alliances, the movie introduces us to Matt Weston (Reynolds), a low-level CIA operative stuck "babysitting" a safe house in Cape Town. It's about as thrilling as it sounds, until Tobin Frost (Washington), a notorious, rogue ex-agent accused of espionage, is brought in for interrogation. The safe house is suddenly attacked, and Weston finds himself on the run with Frost, a man he isn't sure he can trust.
2. Haywire (2011)
Imagine being a highly skilled operative, only to be double-crossed by your own. Meet Mallory Kane (played by Gina Carano), a private contractor betrayed during a mission in Barcelona. The film kicks off with a seemingly straightforward job to rescue a Chinese journalist held hostage. But nothing is what it seems, is it? Soon, Mallory is left to fend for herself, untangling the web of betrayal while trying to stay alive.
3. Unlocked (2017)
Noomi Rapace stars as Alice Racine, a CIA interrogator who unwittingly becomes involved in a biological attack on London. Alice is living a quiet life in London after failing to prevent a terrorist attack in Paris. But destiny has a way of pulling you back in, doesn't it? Alice is called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have knowledge of an impending attack. The interrogation spirals into chaos as Alice realizes she's been compromised and races against the clock to prevent the attack.
4. The November Man (2014)
The serene life of ex-CIA operative Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is disrupted when he's summoned for one last mission. He must protect Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), a key witness who could expose a conspiracy reaching the highest echelons of power. But there's a twist – his former protégé is assigned to take him down.
5. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
In the bleak, foggy backdrop of Hamburg, Germany, Issa Karpov, a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, gets caught in the international war on terror. The city is haunted by the memory of the 9/11 attacks planned within its borders, with espionage running deep and trust in short supply. Enter Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a German spy who leads a team seeking to unveil terrorist activities. Adapted from John le Carré's novel, the movie lingers long after the credits roll.
6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Chris Pine stepping into the shoes of Jack Ryan, a character created by the legendary Tom Clancy. Now, this isn't your typical Clancy adaptation. It's a fresher, more contemporary origin story that delves into how young Ryan went from being a Marine to a CIA analyst to, eventually, a full-fledged operative. The plot thickens when Ryan uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Gary Oldman is George Smiley, a retired British intelligence agent pulled back into the game to flush out a Soviet mole at the top of the agency. Sounds thrilling? Well, add in a star-studded cast including Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, and you have yourself a classic spy flick. Smiley's investigation is methodical, unravelling a tangled web of secrets and betrayals.
8. The International (2009)
Clive Owen's charismatic turn as Interpol Agent Louis Salinger, who, along with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), is determined to bring down one of the world's most powerful banks involved in illegal arms dealing and destabilization of governments. Sounds pretty gripping, doesn't it? Every piece of evidence, every witness they touch, vanishes or turns up dead.
9. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, a CIA analyst (code-named Condor) who returns from lunch to find all his co-workers murdered. Just like that, Turner is on the run, thrust from the world of analyzing reports into a deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems. Every shadow could be an assassin, every ally a potential foe. Trust no one – that's the mantra Turner lives by as he seeks to stay alive and unravel the reason behind the slaughter of his colleagues.
10. Ronin (1998)
A crime thriller directed by John Frankenheimer. The title Ronin refers to the Japanese term for samurai without a master – a fitting title for a film revolving around a team of former intelligence agents and military personnel turned mercenaries. Robert De Niro stars as Sam, one of the mercenaries hired by Irish terrorists to steal a mysterious, heavily guarded briefcase. The plot twist? The team doesn't know what's in the briefcase, and loyalty shifts as quickly as the wind.