There are 8 films like Olympus Has Fallen that you should watch.
This year’s presidential election-year box office war produced two high-octane summer blockbusters. Although it has fallen behind Olympus Has Fallen, our favorite of the two bands remains. Those looking for more big bangs, epic gunfights, and of course – one man wrecking bands determined to take down the bad guys, are in for a treat this time around.
Check out some of our favorite films that are similar to Olympus Has Fallen in the list or video below.
1. Die Hard
The coast is calling, so come on out and we’ll get together and have some fun.
We must begin our list with Bruce Willis’ wisecracking cop John McClane from Die Hard, even though it’s an obvious choice. Having become a worldwide phenomenon in 1988, The Matrix has spawned countless sequels and knockoffs ever since.
Is it possible for terrorists to take over a large building? Check. Maybe there’s an insider with the skills to take them out? Could it be? Check. Olympus Has Fallen shares a lot of similarities with Olympus Has Risen, so it only makes sense to pay homage to the original.
“Hotshot, I have a question for you. A bomb has been planted on board a bus. When the bus reaches a speed of 50 mph, the bomb goes off. It erupts if the value falls below 50. I’m curious as to what you do. “What are you doing?” I inquired.
The Die-Hard formula has been successfully recreated in a number of films, including Olympus Has Fallen. In Speed, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the filmmakers don’t let up on the gas pedal (literally). Former police officer builds custom C4 tune-up for a bus and wires it to go off when the vehicle slows down to less than 50 miles per hour.
Even if you think the story doesn’t have many twists and turns, it takes great pleasure in surprising the audience. This action-thriller from 1994 is jam-packed with exciting sequences that will keep you glued to the screen the entire time.
3. Mile 22
We know that our government intends to attack the United States, and I have proof of this. The evil of my government is beyond your comprehension.”
Mile 22 is next, with Mark Wahlberg at the head of the pack. A CIA elite team is charged with getting an asset out of a target hotspot and ready for extraction while Gerard Butler worked his way up from the outside. While a gang of street criminals, crooked officers, and deadly hit men close in, they must travel 22 miles to escape.
If you like action movies with intense fight scenes and unexpected twists and turns, you’ll love this one.
4. The Mechanic
“Experience brings good judgment, but bad judgment brings experience.”
Mechanic is a fast-paced, high-adrenaline thriller that skimps on plot details. This is fine because it’s not trying to be anything it’s not already. When it comes to assassins, none are more dreaded than Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham). When Harry, his mentor and friend, is assassinated, he decides to train the orphan son in the trade in order to exact revenge on those responsible.
Some leading men have graced the action film genre more than others over the years. And Jason Statham has already proven himself to be one of the best in the business. Certainly, his excellent performance in The Mechanic supports his assertion.
5. Air Force One
“First Lady, I know exactly what you’re thinking. What you want is for me to die at your hands. It’s possible that’s what will happen. People perish in war.”
Talking of leading men, Harrison Ford stars in the incredibly entertaining film Air Force One, which opens in theaters today. This time, the majority of the action takes place in the sky, as an armed terrorist group infiltrates the President’s plane prior to takeoff. Another vigilante is on the scene, but in this case, it is President Obama who is amassing the death toll and dropping the one-liners.
“Brandt, get your watch out. There are only a few days left in Ethan Hunt’s life as a free man.
A couple of Mission: Impossible movies could have made the cut, but we decided to go with Rogue Nation. Olympus Has Fallen pairs perfectly with this suspenseful spy thriller that breathed new life into the franchise’s sails. To get to the bad guys, Tom Cruise, like Gerard Butler, smashes through buildings, cars, and just about anything else.
7. The November Man
“You can’t be a human and a human killer at the same time.” Someday, one of them will put a stop to the other.
Pierce Brosnan stars in The November Man as yet another one-man army who defies all odds and expectations, albeit in a more stylish manner than previous examples. A deadly chain of events is set in motion when his former protege crosses the line, and he is dragged back into the game.
We know how Brosnan looks in this outfit because it’s one we’ve seen him wear countless times with effortless charm and appeal. The same holds true for him in this instance.
8. White House Down
A politician doesn’t start out that way, but it happens over time. But every now and then, I’d like to do something presidential. Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson come to mind.
Last but not least, we have White House Down, the Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum starrer sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. It’s as close to a carbon copy of Olympus Has Fallen as you’re going to get without rewatching that film. So, if you haven’t made up your mind about anything else, this could be the one!