A near-perfect film, “Argo” achieves the heights of tension, drama, suspense, art, narrative arc and comedic relief with the right blend of these elements. A few cinematic liberties have been taken for the sake of story, but they’re all in the name of escalating the tension to the point where you might find yourself gasping in awe or clutching your fists several times during the movie. And the climax, where the tension reaches its highest point, concludes the dramatic suspense in a satisfying way.
Argo, based on a true story, tells of a man’s unbridled spirit of adventure and audacity. During the Iranian revolution, protesters stormed the US Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979 and kidnapped 52 Americans. Six Americans manage to elude capture and seek refuge in the Canadian ambassador’s mansion amid the mayhem.
A CIA exfiltration expert named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) devises a risky plan to get the six Americans out of Iran before they are all discovered and executed. A plan that appears to be something out of a movie. The following is a ranking of films that we think are worth watching because they are good alternatives to Argo. Several of these films, such as Argo, are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
1. Inside Man (2006)
Inside Man is primarily a heist film and not a spy thriller as you might expect. Despite the fact that Clive Owen’s Dalton Russell and a gang of criminals rob a bank, Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) is not convinced that the robbery is actually taking place. He has a feeling that something is wrong. When the action gets too tense, the comedy in this film comes in handy. The film moves along smoothly and quickly, which pleases the viewers.
2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E(2015)
The film is an adaptation of the eponymous 1960s television series. A CIA agent, Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavil), and a KGB agent, Ilya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), have opposing ideologies but must work together to prevent a nuclear attack. To begin with, there was a fantastic action sequence that pitted the characters Ilya and Napoleon against one another, which felt like it was straight out of the 1960s.
3. Primary Colors (1998)
Movie based on a book by an anonymous insider who reveals Clinton’s charm and prejudice as well as his strength and weak points in his book of the same name.
Either John Travolta or Emma Thompson, in their respective roles as the President and First Lady, deliver subtle but impactful performances. Despite its mediocre box office performance, the film is worth seeing for the quality of its cast and direction.
4. American Made (2017)
Barry Seal is a TWA pilot who smuggles cigars into the United States under the table. The CIA has him under surveillance and uses a small plane equipped with cameras on secret reconnaissance missions over Central America. As his career progresses, his innate capitalist tendencies take over, and he ends up striking a deal to smuggle drugs into the United States with the nascent Medellin Cartel.
As the operation progresses, he becomes one of the world’s wealthiest men. When it comes to portraying America and its cynical and hypocritical global hegemonic veil, however, the film falls short due to its lack of accuracy. ‘American Made,’ with its charming star giving a Tour-de-France performance, is authentically American.
5. Taken (2008)
It’s an adrenaline-pumping action flick. After retiring from the CIA, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) has returned to civilian life. Because he and his wife divorced, he sees his daughter as much as possible. When his daughter visits France one day, she is kidnapped. Before the clock runs out, Bryan begins his search for his daughter. The performance of Liam Neeson is flawless throughout the film. All the ingredients are here for a successful action thriller in this film.
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based on the classic novel of the same name, takes place in 1973 during the cold war. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a retired and disgraced MI6 agent, accepts an invitation from the British government to return to active duty for one more highly classified and dangerous mission. During the cold war, the story takes place.
United Kingdom government officials have been compromised by a top-secret solvent spy. Before MI6’s secrets are compromised, Mr. Smiley must find the mole. The stylish thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson succeeds admirably.
7. Speed (1994)
Commercially, it was a big hit, and critically, it did well. Harry (Jeff Daniels) is an LAPD officer who assists Officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) with the disposal and disarmament of explosives in the city. Terrorist Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) kidnaps a large group of people in an elevator and holds them hostage for a large sum of money. However, in a hostile confrontation, Jack and Harry manage to free the hostages.
An explosion has claimed the life of Howard. However, Howard managed to pull through somehow. The plot thickens when he decides to plant another bomb on a bus. As a result of its stellar cast, the film ranks among the best of the genre.
8. Atomic Blonde (2017)
MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton is tasked with retrieving a classified document known only as “The List.” Information about active British clandestine officers in a war-torn Berlin is linked to this device. David Percival is her point of contact there.
One of MI6’s more questionable agents who is out for revenge after his friend and fellow agent Gascoigne was killed. They’re all looking for a dealer named Yuri Bakhtin, and the KGB wants the list, too. Lorraine eventually learns that Percival is a double agent, and he learns the same thing.
Filmmaker David Leitch is also a stuntman, and this reflects in the film’s creative direction. Masterful action sequences, such as Lorraine’s battle with KGB agents to save Spyglass, are a treat for moviegoers to enjoy. ‘Atomic Blonde,’ one of the year’s best action films, is propelled by charismatic star Charlize Theron’s electric performance.
9. Heat (1995)
This is by far the best heist film ever made in terms of style and realism. An ex-Chicago police officer, Chuck Adams, inspired Heat’s plot. Waingro (Robert De Niro) kills the security guards in order to steal 1.6 million in bearer bonds from Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro).
To catch McCauley’s crew, LAPD lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) investigates the heist and tries to figure out what the mastermind’s next move will be. It’s a gripping story with excellent acting and a near-perfect score on every metric.
10. Skyfall (2012)
Skyfall is Bond’s 23rd film, but it’s distinct from the others because no modern technology is employed. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) has crucial information about undercover agents, and James Bond (Daniel Craig) is trying to stop him. He’s going public with their ids on the web. To avenge his ruin, Silva seeks to assassinate M (Judi Dench). It’s a complete package thanks to Sam Mendes’ brilliant direction and Thomas Newman’s superb score.