Best Die Hard 3/Speed/Phone Booth Type Films & Shows

by muybueno16 | created - 20 Oct 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

While many of these films and TV shows are Die Hard inspired, I am primarily listing cat-and-mouse type films that follow the style/themes/material/suspense of these hit action films.

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1. Traitor (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff | Stars: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Archie Panjabi, Saïd Taghmaoui

Votes: 54,183 | Gross: $23.53M

2. Liberty Stands Still (2002)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Liberty, the wife of a gun manufacturer, is held hostage at a hot dog stand by a sniper seeking revenge.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner, Fulvio Cecere, Gregory Calpakis

Votes: 7,157

3. Swordfish (2001)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

32 Metascore

A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle

Votes: 172,235 | Gross: $69.77M

4. The Devil's Own (1997)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades

Votes: 56,156 | Gross: $42.87M

5. Arlington Road (1999)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis

Votes: 78,674 | Gross: $24.36M

6. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

62 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 48,589 | Gross: $56.57M

7. The Final Cut (1995)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A mysterious bomber is planting explosive devices in Seattle, Washington. Since their quality takes too big a toll amongst Seattle Police bomb experts, John Pierce, former head of the Bomb ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Sam Elliott, Charles Martin Smith, Kelly Benson, Anne Ramsay

Votes: 1,061

8. Unthinkable (2010)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an F.B.I. Agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root

Votes: 81,987

9. Operator (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

When the daughter of veteran 911 call center operator Pamela (Mischa Barton), and her estranged husband Jeremy (Luke Goss), a Senior Police Officer, is kidnapped and held hostage, they are ... See full summary »

Directors: Amariah Olson, Obin Olson | Stars: Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, Mischa Barton, Michael Paré

Votes: 1,832

10. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Thriller

66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 107,316 | Gross: $20.28M

11. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 370,862 | Gross: $76.63M

12. S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

45 Metascore

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J

Votes: 134,362 | Gross: $116.93M

13. Street Kings (2008)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the death of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Votes: 104,762 | Gross: $26.42M

14. Unstoppable (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee

Votes: 178,437 | Gross: $81.56M

15. Atomic Train (1999– )

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A train filled with atomic devices threatens to destroy the city of Denver. John Serger (an NTSB agent) has to prevent this from happening

Stars: Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Esai Morales, John Finn

Votes: 2,120

16. 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (2013)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A man's kidnapped paramedic Nick's wife, forcing him on phone to play a "game of death" with 12 rounds, directing Nick to different locations.

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Randy Orton, Tom Stevens, Brian Markinson, Venus Terzo

Votes: 5,083

17. Heist (III) (2015)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they're forced to hijack a city bus.

Director: Scott Mann | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 26,102

18. Dead in a Heartbeat (2002 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Action, Crime

A man in Seattle explodes. The bomb squad investigates, leading Lt. Tom to Gillian, a surgeon, who's implanting a pacemaker that explodes. Tom and Gillian chase her other pacemaker patients before they explode plus try to find the culprit.

Director: Paul Antier | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Penelope Ann Miller, Timothy Busfield, Fulvio Cecere

Votes: 413

19. Detonator (2003)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A former FBI agent must stop a madman from setting off a bomb.

Director: Jonathan Freedman | Stars: Randall Batinkoff, Elizabeth Berkley, Stan Shaw, Bokeem Woodbine

Votes: 368

20. Chill Factor (1999)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

33 Metascore

A new biological chemical weapon that explodes up to temperatures over fifty degrees Fahrenheit, falls into the hands of two men who try to make sure that it doesn't get stolen by a terrorist.

Director: Hugh Johnson | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Peter Firth, David Paymer

Votes: 9,070 | Gross: $11.23M

21. Broken Arrow (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 87,920 | Gross: $70.77M

22. 16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bruce Willis, Yasiin Bey, David Morse, Jenna Stern

Votes: 123,967 | Gross: $36.88M

23. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

66 Metascore

IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 317,500 | Gross: $134.03M

24. Pandora's Clock (1996)

PG-13 | 176 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A man infected with a deadly virus boards Quantum Airlines flight 66 in Frankfurt, Germany. The US government must stop the plane before it lands at JFK International Airport.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Daphne Zuniga, Jane Leeves, Richard Lawson

Votes: 686

25. Hours (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Director: Eric Heisserer | Stars: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, Nancy Nave, Shane Jacobsen

Votes: 27,252

26. Countdown (1996)

R | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When Chris Murdoch falls obsessively in love with a Japanese girl attending University in Seattle (Kaori Ozaki) he murders Japanese men who have shown her kindness under the pretext of ... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Yûki Amami, Lori Petty, Jason London, James Le Gros

Votes: 244

27. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 183,139 | Gross: $7.27M

28. S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011 Video)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Detroit PD borrows an LA SWAT leader as instructor for 2 weeks training of their SWAT team. After a real SWAT action, a madman with special skills, obsessed with "revenge", is released on bail.

Director: Benny Boom | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Robert Patrick, Carly Pope, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 8,571

29. Ticker (2001)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After a San Francisco detective's partner is murdered by Northern Irish terrorists, the officer joins the bomb squad in order to bring them to justice.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper, Steven Seagal, Jaime Pressly

Votes: 6,418

30. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,188,250 | Gross: $534.86M

31. Tezz (2012)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

To revenge his past, Aakash Rana plants bomb in a train endangering lives of 500 passengers.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Kangana Ranaut

Votes: 2,048

32. Non-Stop (2014)

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

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 242,103 | Gross: $92.17M

33. Cellular (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy

Votes: 90,049 | Gross: $32.00M

34. Nighthawks (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Conservative street cop Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.

Directors: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 16,372 | Gross: $14.91M

35. Executive Target (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A stunt driver heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

Director: Joseph Merhi | Stars: Michael Madsen, Roy Scheider, Keith David, Angie Everhart

Votes: 989

36. Drive (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.

Director: Steve Wang | Stars: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 5,126

37. London Has Fallen (2016)

R | 99 min | Action, Thriller

28 Metascore

In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning is caught up in a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

Director: Babak Najafi | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 136,754 | Gross: $62.68M

38. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Jack Ryan, as a young covert C.I.A. analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 118,480 | Gross: $50.58M

39. Hawaii Five-0 (2010–2020)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu in order to find his father's killer; The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force - Five-0.

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 63,872

40. Sleeper Cell (2005–2006)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An American undercover FBI agent is assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack in Los Angeles.

Stars: Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr, Henri Lubatti, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 5,818

41. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 323,740 | Gross: $88.51M

42. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Sheirgill, Aamir Bashir

Votes: 70,660

43. Death Watch (2013)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A terrorist plants several bombs throughout the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released.

Director: Chandran Rutnam | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam, Frederick-James Koch

Votes: 2,186

44. Baby (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 159 min | Action, Thriller

An elite counter-intelligence unit learns of a plot, masterminded by a maniacal madman. With the clock ticking, it's up to them to track the terrorists' international tentacles and prevent them from striking at the heart of India.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongpa, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu

Votes: 50,245

45. Bait (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime