The Service

by hollowcommander | created - 30 Jan 2013 | updated - 16 Jan 2017 | Public

Military, Mercenary, Intelligence (CIA, NSA, Secret Service, ETC)

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1. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

50 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 42,155

2. Brass Target (1978)

PG | 111 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

In 1945, General Patton sends Germany's confiscated gold reserves to Frankfurt, but the Army train is robbed by plotters who also hire a Swiss hitman to kill the General.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Max von Sydow, George Kennedy

Votes: 1,028 | Gross: $5.01M

3. The Domino Principle (1977)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 1,881

4. The Last Castle (2001)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A court-martialed General rallies together twelve hundred inmates to rise against a corrupt and sadistic warden.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton

Votes: 66,588 | Gross: $18.21M

5. Europa (1991)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Votes: 18,541 | Gross: $1.01M

6. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 67,454 | Gross: $0.54M

7. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 49,000 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,622

9. The Officer's Ward (2001)

135 min | Drama, Romance, War

The first days of WWI. Adrien, a young and handsome lieutenant, is wounded by a piece of shrapnel. He will spend the entire wartime at the Val-de-Grâce Hospital, in Paris. Five long years, ... See full summary »

Director: François Dupeyron | Stars: Éric Caravaca, Denis Podalydès, Grégori Derangère, Sabine Azéma

Votes: 1,497

10. Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, War

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter

Votes: 11,898 | Gross: $17.11M

11. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 189,307 | Gross: $44.91M

13. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 45,324

14. Assembly (2007)

124 min | Action, Biography, Drama

A soldier fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Chao Deng, Wenkang Yuan, Yan Tang

Votes: 6,108

15. California Dreamin' (2007)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Drama, War

A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Director: Cristian Nemescu | Stars: Armand Assante, Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu

Votes: 7,336

16. Taps (I) (1981)

PG | 126 min | Drama

49 Metascore

Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn

Votes: 15,678 | Gross: $35.86M

17. Special Forces (2003 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Thriller, War

In a former Soviet Republic, the President is oppressing the people and with help from a former Bosnian General who's a sadist, he is extremely hated. An American reporter goes there to ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Marshall R. Teague, Tim Abell, Danny Lee Clark, Troy Mittleider

Votes: 584

18. Play Dirty (1969)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During World War II in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised in Italian soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and destroy a vital Nazi oil depot.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,824

19. Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 2,316

20. Inescapable (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

37 Metascore

Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances, Adib Abdel Kareem must confront what he left behind when his daughter goes missing.

Director: Ruba Nadda | Stars: Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Oded Fehr

Votes: 2,432 | Gross: $0.00M

21. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 36,280

22. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 48,033 | Gross: $62.55M

23. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 92,297 | Gross: $26.12M

24. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

R | 111 min | Drama, War

71 Metascore

In this tragic, dark, anti-war satire, a patriotic young American in WW1 is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.

Director: Dalton Trumbo | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards

Votes: 14,431

25. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 161,025

26. Guy X (2005)

R | 101 min | Comedy, War

A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Jason Biggs, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Northam, Sean Tucker

Votes: 1,907

27. Far Cry (2008)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An ex-special forces soldier turned boatman is hired by a journalist to investigate a top-secret military base on a nearby island.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Til Schweiger, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Natalia Avelon, Udo Kier

Votes: 12,756

28. Defense of the Realm (1985)

PG | 96 min | Thriller

After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.

Director: David Drury | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen

Votes: 1,844 | Gross: $0.75M

29. A Very British Coup (1988– )

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama

Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin

Votes: 745

30. When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 1,707

31. Hidden Agenda (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 3,264 | Gross: $1.03M

32. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 52,924 | Gross: $10.25M

33. Most Wanted (1997)

R | 99 min | Action, Thriller

A Marine on death row is recruited by a shadowy U.S. military officer as part of a top-secret ops team, then gets framed for murder when the team and its officer set him up as the fall guy for the assassination of the First Lady.

Director: David Hogan | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jon Voight, Robert Kotecki, Rick Cramer

Votes: 5,408 | Gross: $6.32M

34. Hitman (1998)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung | Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Gigi Leung

Votes: 4,592

35. Silent Trigger (1996)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Waxman is a former Special Forces soldier who is now working as a heavily armed assassin for a top secret government agency. When a covert mission goes terribly wrong, Waxman and fellow assassin Clegg become that agency's prime targets.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Gina Bellman, Conrad Dunn, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 3,426

36. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 81,415 | Gross: $1.82M

37. Battleground (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A bank robbery goes awry and the robbers hold up within a forest, but there is another that dwells here, an ex Vietnam vet. Soon, a battle of survival erupts as the thieves' now have to fight for their very existence.

Director: Neil Mackay | Stars: Bryan Larkin, Hugh Lambe, Bob Cymbalski, Robert Nolan

Votes: 1,251

38. Mercenary for Justice (2006 Video)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A mercenary gets involved in a mission that threatens the lives of his kin. In order to succeed, he must break into one of the most wellguarded prisons in Eastern Europe and free the son of the most notorious drug lord in the world today.

Director: Don E. FauntLeRoy | Stars: Steven Seagal, Jacqueline Lord, Roger Guenveur Smith, Luke Goss

Votes: 3,633

39. True Justice (2010–2012)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Elijah Kane, an ex-special forces operative and martial arts expert, is part of an undercover police team that carry out an often brutal style of law enforcement on the streets, similar to what Casey Ryback does on a boat.

Stars: Steven Seagal, Sarah Lind, William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart, Meghan Ory

Votes: 2,027

40. Maximum Conviction (2012)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

When former black ops operative Cross (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners.... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Paré, Ian Robison

Votes: 6,182

41. Belly of the Beast (2003 Video)

R | 91 min | Action

An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, Monica Lo, Tom Wu

Votes: 5,728

42. Urban Justice (2007 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When a dedicated police officer is murdered, his father goes on a hunt for the people responsible.

Director: Don E. FauntLeRoy | Stars: Steven Seagal, Eddie Griffin, Carmen Serano, Cory Hart

Votes: 4,894

43. A Dangerous Man (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A man is, after 14 years in special ops and 6 years wrongfully imprisoned, in the middle of a Chinese triad/corrupt police shootout saving a Russian gangster's son and liberating a Chinese girl and a bag of money. The girl asks for help.

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Steven Seagal, Marlaina Mah, Vitaly Kravchenko, Mike Dopud

Votes: 4,148

44. Game of Death (2011)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Secret Ops agent Marcus is sent to Detroit to take out an arms dealer and the head of the hedge fund that is financing him. His CIA backup has other plans and turns on him and it's a fight to survive in a hospital.

Director: Giorgio Serafini | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Aunjanue Ellis, Zoë Bell, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 6,280

45. Unstoppable (2004)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Dean has PTSD after a wet-job gone bad in Bosnia. Waiting for his police girlfriend at a diner, some bad guys inject him with a hallucinogen. It sends him back to traumatic experiences in Bosnia and he reacts violently.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Jacqueline Obradors, Stuart Wilson, Kim Coates

Votes: 4,554

46. Fay Grim (2006)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

52 Metascore

A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them ...

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Aiken, D.J. Mendel

Votes: 3,972 | Gross: $0.13M

47. Abduction (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 73,339 | Gross: $28.09M

48. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 47,635

49. The 39 Steps (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama