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20 Movies To Watch If You Love The Kingsman Series

March 20, 202421 Mins Read


  • Kingsman movies offer wild action, humor, and strong performances, similar to other spy genre films like Atomic Blonde and Kick-Ass.
  • The Suicide Squad serves as a reboot that combines humor, irreverence, and vicious violence, reminiscent of Kingsman’s style.
  • Bullet Train, directed by John Wick’s director, offers a wild action-comedy with colorful characters, aligning with Kingsman’s tone.

Movies like Kingsman (2014) and the other entries in the franchise offer action and spy genre fans something a little wilder and unexpected. With a lot of action mixed expertly with humor, as well as the strong performances from the cast, it is easy to see why Kingsman: The Secret Service was spun into one of the most well-known action movie franchises of recent years. However, as unique as Kingsman can be, plenty of other movies have also done interesting things within the spy genre and even managed to capture some of the same magic.

The Kingsman series already consists of three movies to date with the promise of The Kingsman 3 to come. Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle (2024) is the latest movie to show how other movies can explore the similar territory of fun spy movies that embrace wild action as well as a cheeky sense of humor. From other big franchises to superhero movies to full-blown comedies, these movies will offer just what fans of the Kingsman movies are looking for as they wait for the next chapter in the franchise.


Release Year

Kingsman: The Secret Service


Kingsman: The Golden Circle


The King’s Man


Kingsman: The Blue Blood


The King’s Man: The Traitor King


20 The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn’s Colorful Comic Book Action Movie


The Suicide Squad

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad acts as a soft reboot for David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is again recruiting a group of superheroes for a dangerous mission, this time pairing Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Savant (Michael Rooker), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), and Javelin (Flula Borg).

Release Date
August 5, 2021

132 minutes

Before James Gunn took over the DCU, he proved he could bring his own unique style to this specific comic book universe in The Suicide Squad. Like Kingsman, Gunn loves to combine irreverent humor with vicious violence, combining to make for a hilarious and wild ride filled with colorful characters.

The movie follows a band of supervillains who are tasked with a secret and dangerous government operation to stop a rogue science experiment being conducted on a foreign island. It is another colorful and vibrant movie that uses that exciting aesthetic to depict graphic and cartoonish violence, making for a fun ride and one of the best DC movies.

19 John Wick (2014)

Keanu Reeves Stars In The Vibrant Revenge Movie

John Wick 1 Movie Poster

John Wick

John Wick is the first entry in the action-thriller franchise directed by Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves. Retired hitman John is brought back into the field when the dog his recently deceased life left him is murdered. Full of rage and equipped with unparalleled combat skills, John begins to track down the ones responsible for the act of violence and lays waste to any who dare to cross his path, sending panic throughout the criminal underworld.

David Leitch , Chad Stahelski

Release Date
October 22, 2014

101 Minutes

While the action in the John Wick movies is far less cartoonish than what is seen in the Kingsman movies, fans who enjoy the long-take and ultra-violent church scene in the first movie will find plenty to like in Keanu Reeves’ action franchise.

While all John Wick movies provide thrilling action, the first movie is the best place to start with the series as it takes a very simple yet effective approach to the action revenge story before the sequels build the grand mythology of the world. They are stylish and colorful action movies that are among the genre’s best in recent years.

18 Bullet Train (2022)

Brad Pitt Leads The Comedic Action Adventure

Bullet Train

Packing a stellar cast with the likes of Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz, David Leitch’s Bullet Train tells the story of an assassin for hire who bumps into multiple dangerous criminals aboard a high-speed Shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Kyoto. The 2022 action comedy is an adaptation of Kōtarō Isaka’s novel “Maria Beetle”.

David Leitch

Release Date
July 29, 2022

logan lerman , Karen Fukuhara , Hiroyuki Sanada , Joey King , Brian Tyree Henry , Andrew Koji , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Masi Oka , Brad Pitt , Zazie Beetz , Michael Shannon , Sandra Bullock

126 minutes

One of the directors of the original John Wick movie offers another wild action movie with a tone much closer to The Kingsman movies. Bullet Train is an action comedy starring Brad Pitt as a reluctant assassin who attempts to take an easy mission of retrieving a suitcase from a train only to find himself stuck onboard with a host of colorful and deadly characters with motivations of their own.

Despite the cast of deadly characters, Bullet Train is a fun ride with a great sense of humor. Pitt is especially funny and the rest of the ensemble includes the likes of Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Sandra Bullock, and Michael Shannon.

17 Smokin’ Aces (2006)

A Star-Studded Action Movie About A Collision Of Deadly Characters

The infamous church shootout in the first Kingsman movie is a testament to how action movies can have over-the-top and ridiculous violence while also shocking the audience with its brutality. Smokin’ Aces is one action movie that pulls this off incredibly well as it can be funny and wild at one moment only to get gruesome and gritty the next moment.

The movie is another great action ensemble that features the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Alicia Keys, Chris Pine, and Ben Affleck in the story of various FBI agents, assassins, and bounty hunters who all converge as they hunt the same target. The movie fully embraces its chaotic and

16 Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Quentin Tarantino’s Bloody Revenge Epic

Kill Bill Movie Poster

Kill Bill

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill is a classic tale of betrayal and revenge. When the Bride (Uma Thurman) awakens from a four-year coma, she sets out to settle the score with the team of assassins that betrayed her at the behest of her former boss, Bill (David Carradine). Tracking and killing the world-class assassins isn’t easy, but the Bride uses all the tools at her disposal in her relentless pursuit of revenge.

Release Date
October 10, 2003

David Carradine , Michael Madsen , Uma Thurman , Daryl Hannah , Lucy Liu , Vivica A. Fox

111 minutes

Quentin Tarantino is one filmmaker who helped inspire the genre of movies, like The Kingsman, in which graphic violence collides with an ironic tone. However, there are still few who do it as well as Tarantino himself. In terms of action, Tarantino proved himself best with his kung-fu revenge movie Kill Bill. While Kill Bill is actually split into two movies, the first showcases the kind of wild action that Kingman fans will enjoy.

It stars Uma Thurman as a trained assassin who is betrayed and left for dead. After waking from a coma, she sets out on a mission to kill those responsible. The scene in which The Bride takes on the Crazy 88 gang in an epic sword fight feels like the kind of action sequence The Kingsman‘s church sequence strives to be.

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15 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

The Classic Spy Franchise

Mission Impossible Fallout Movie Poster

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

A direct sequel to Rogue Nation and the sixth installment in the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an action-thriller spy film that sees Tom Cruise return to the role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. To avert a worldwide disaster, the IMF agents will join up with a CIA agent to stop a new terrorist cell known as the Apostles. When three nuclear devices go missing, the agents will find themselves racing to stop them from falling into the hands of the deadly bioterror group.

Christopher McQuarrie

Release Date
July 25, 2018

2h 28m

Tom Cruise’s signature action-thriller franchise showed no signs of slowing down in its sixth installment, with the star finding new ways to up the ante with the series’ first long-haul director, Christopher McQuarrie.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout
sees a greatest hits compilation of side characters come together to form Cruise’s superteam this time around as they fight to prevent nuclear armageddon once again.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout sees a greatest hits compilation of side characters come together to form Cruise’s superteam this time around as they fight to prevent nuclear armageddon once again. Fans of the Kingsman series’ playful choreography will love the dedication to the stunts and structure of any given action sequence.

14 X-Men: First Class (2011)

The Mutant Origin Action Movie

X-Men First Class UK Poster

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga in the 1960s. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were archenemies, they were close friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a rift between them opened, beginning the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Matthew Vaughn

Release Date
June 3, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence , Caleb Landry Jones , Michael Fassbender , Nicholas Hoult , Oliver Platt , Rose Byrne , Michael Ironside , Jason Flemyng , January Jones , Kevin Bacon , Glenn Morshower , James McAvoy , Lucas Till , Edi Gathegi , Zoe Kravitz

131 minutes

Before adapting Kingsman for the big screen, director Matthew Vaughn had a similarly difficult task when aiming to revive the then-floundering X-Men movie franchise.

Once a pioneer in the comic book movie genre, the cinematic X-Men were at a difficult crossroads, trying to revive the series with a new cast taking on old characters. It may be nowhere near as graphic as any of the Kingsman movies but First Class certainly has plenty of Vaughn’s flair running throughout it, not to mention a distinctly swingin’ sixties James Bond vibe to it that Kingsman fans will definitely recognize.

13 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

A Spy Movie Comedy, More Than A Serious Action Franchise

Austin Powers International Man of Mystery Poster

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is the first film in Mike Myers’ James Bond parody series. Myers plays both Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, arch-enemies who are frozen in time and brought back in the ’90s. The film was followed by two sequels in 1999 and 2002, with a fourth film stuck in development hell.

Jay Roach

Release Date
May 2, 1997

Mike Myers , Elizabeth Hurley , Michael York , Mimi Rogers , Robert Wagner , Seth Green , Fabiana Udenio , Mindy Sterling

89 Minutes

In terms of send-ups and homages of the spy movies of the sixties and seventies, you can do no better than Mike Myers’ classic Austin Powers series, particularly the first installment. The first Austin Powers film was, in fact, so popular that it spawned two sequels, with persistent rumors of a fourth film still in development.

Myers’ titular sixties spy is thawed out, Captain America style, to face his arch-nemesis in a modern world and the humor is broader, zanier, and cruder than even Kingsman‘s. While Austin Powers is a franchise that does play with all the classic elements of the spy movie, it is far more of a comedy than an action movie franchise, with intentionally ridiculous stakes and comic-esque villains. It’s ideal for anyone who enjoys Kingsman, but is looking for slightly lighter fare.

12 The Ipcress File (1965)

An Early Spy Classic

Michael Caine as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File

One of the many spy icons being spoofed in both the Austin Powers movies and the Kingsman series, beyond the obvious James Bond references, is the fellow literary-turned-movie secret agent Harry Palmer, most famously played by Michael Caine. (His look is what Austin Powers’ and the Kingsman organization’s thick-rimmed glasses are in reference to, as is Caine’s casting in each series, essentially.)

A much more dour approach to the genre than the upbeat James Bond series, Caine’s first outing as Palmer is as significant in the evolution of the spy movie as Dr. No.

11 Atomic Blonde (2017)

Another Comic-Book-Based Superspy Movie

Atomic Blonde Movie Poster

Atomic Blonde

Based on a graphic novel, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who is attempting to locate a sensitive list of double agent spies before it is smuggled from East to West Germany, just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Theron is joined by a cast that includes James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, and John Goodman. 

David Leitch

Release Date
July 26, 2017

Charlize Theron , Eddie Marsan , John Goodman , James Faulkner , Toby Jones , James McAvoy , Daniel Bernhardt , Sofia Boutella

115 minutes

Adapted from the 2012 graphic novel ‘The Coldest City’, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as a Cold War superspy caught in the middle of a murderous game of double-crosses in Berlin.

As slow and weighty as the plot may sound, the movie is really anything but. Original John Wick co-director David Leitch injects plenty of that long-take, meticulously-choreographed, fun into the movie’s action sequences, all of it making for an intense rush of colorful bare-knuckle fun.


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10 Spy (2015)

A Hilarious Send-Off Of The Spy Genre


Written and directed by Paul Feig, 2015’s Spy features Jason Statham, Jude Law, and Melissa McCarthy in an Action, Comedy, and Spy setting. McCarthy plays a CIA employee relegated to a desk that helps her field agent partner remotely until she’s forced into action to help keep everyone safe.

Paul Feig

Release Date
June 15, 2015

Melissa McCarthy , Rose Byrne , Jude Law , Jason Statham , Raad Rawi , Jessica Chaffin , Miranda Hart , Sam Richardson

120 Minutes

Spy has many shining comedic moments throughout and brilliantly showcases Melissa McCarthy‘s strong comedic presence. Directed by Paul Feig, the movie stands out by putting more emphasis on the humor, but still maintaining a nice balance of action as well.

Both Spy and Kingsman focus on unlikely candidates stepping into the role of a suave international spy, and each offers a different spin on slapstick and gross-out jokes. In Spy, however, it is McCarthy’s Susan Cooper who finds herself out in the field, and unlike Eggsy in Kingsman, she knows the ins and outs of the industry well… but only from behind a desk. She is an office-based part of the secret agent team, who finds herself thrown into the action, with hilarious results.

9 American Ultra (2015)

A Stoner Spy Comedy

American Ultra

Released in 2015, American Ultra is an action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Walter Goggins, Topher Grace, and Connie Britton. The film centers on Mike Howell (Eisenberg), a stoner who discovers he is actually a skilled secret agent for the CIA. American Ultra received mixed reviews upon release and only made a few million dollars at the box office.

Nima Nourizadeh

Release Date
August 19, 2015

95 Minutes

American Ultra has become a bit of a cult movie since its initial release. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, the story follows a couple as they run from a squad of deadly agents trying to assassinate them.

With humorous performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in the lead roles, it’s easy to see why some hold it in such high regard, despite an unfortunate run at the box office. Though it is far from a traditional depiction of spies in movies, American Ultra is still a great watch for any fan of the Kingsman franchise.

8 Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond Always Makes For The Perfect Spy

Casino Royale

The twenty-first film in Eon’s James Bond franchise, Casino Royale, stars Daniel Craig as secret agent 007. Introducing Craig to the role with an origin story, Casino Royale shows Bond earning his MI6 codename before being tasked with infiltrating a casino in Montenegro in order to bankrupt a terrorist financier known as Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). However, Bond’s assignment is more complicated than it seems, as Le Chiffre seems to have inside knowledge of the MI6 agent’s plan.

Martin Campbell

Release Date
November 14, 2006

144 minutes

There’s no denying the love that Kingsman shows for the various spy movies that came before it. Because of this, it only seems right to include at least one James Bond movie on this list.

Casino Royale was the first entry in the franchise to feature Daniel Craig in the lead role, but also breathed some new life into the franchise overall. With many classic elements thrown into a modernized story, Casino Royale is the perfect place for new fans to jump in, while also being a simply great action/spy movie on its own.


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7 Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

A More Serious Action Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen Movie Poster

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen an action thriller film and is the first in the franchise. The film follows former army ranger/special service agent Mike Banning who lost his position after the death of the President’s wife. When a North Korean terrorist group attacks the White House, Banning must tune back into his old skill set to save the president and the country from nuclear devastation.

Antoine Fuqua

Release Date
March 21, 2013

120 Minutes

Though it doesn’t focus nearly as much on the spy/secret agent aspects as Kingsman does, Olympus Has Fallen is still a very enjoyable movie of a similar caliber. Especially in regards to graphic violence, this movie, as well as its two sequels, have done an exceptional job with their stunt choreography, which is definitely something it shares with the likes of Kingsman.

Despite the great action in both series, Olympus Has Fallen does lack the same type of humor that Kingsman does, though a few good jokes still manage to find their way in.

6 Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Detectives With A Similar Spy Feel

Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes adapts the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with an all-star Hollywood cast. Set in 1890, Sherlock Holmes follows the eccentric but brilliant detective Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and his partner Watson (Jude Law) as they solve various mysteries around Victorian London. Teaming up with former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), the detectives find themselves pitted against the villainous Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong) as he attempts to gain control of Britain.

Release Date
December 25, 2009

128 minutes

Following his success as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. took on the role of Sherlock Holmes himself in the 2009 movie. Though it is more of a mystery movie than a spy movie, the levels of deception and entertainment really mimic that of the Kingsman franchise as well.

Considering how both movies feature clever twists and turns, strong villains, and great performances from Mark Strong, the two franchises have a bit more in common than some may realize.


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5 The Losers (2010)

The Losers Movie Poster

The Losers

The Losers is a 2010 action comedy starring Idris Elba, Zoë Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada. The film centers on a betrayed special forces group who go against orders to kill a drug lord while rescuing a group of children. The film is an adaptation of the Vertigo Comic series created by Andy Diggle and Jock.

Sylvain White

Release Date
April 23, 2010


In an age when comic book movies are all the rage, it is easy for some to slip through the cracks, as The Losers did for many. Released in 2010, the film is an action-comedy with a truly star-studded cast, including Chris Evans, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana. Like many other films in this genre, it’s a comic book adaptation, about a group of agents who go rogue to take down a villain.

The movie offers a lot of really smart humor throughout its action-packed narrative.

The movie offers a lot of really smart humor throughout its action-packed narrative, and it hits the classic beats of the genre throughout.

4 Now You See Me (2013)

Constant Twists In This Magic Action Movie

Now You See Me

In the 2013 heist movie Now You See Me, a group of magicians known as “The Four Horsemen” perform elaborate heists during their shows. Meanwhile, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol detective Alma Drey (Mélanie Laurent) track them down to stop them from pulling off their biggest crime yet. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco star as the criminals, while Morgan Freeman plays an expert magician and Michael Caine portrays the team’s sponsor.

Louis Leterrier

Release Date
May 31, 2013

115 minutes

Now You See Me managed to bring some magic back to theaters in a more literal sense when it came out in 2013. With a very strong cast, this heist movie was as unique as it was charming. The film centers on a group of magicians pulling off a major heist, so elevates the usual heist trickery to new levels with sleight of hand and other phenomenal magic tricks.

Though the sequel didn’t perform as well, the fact that it didn’t take itself too seriously was part of what attracted audiences to it in the first place. Filled with suspense and humor, Kingsman fans will surely enjoy this magical crime movie.

3 The Bourne Identity (2002)

Amnesia Adds To This Spy Action Thriller

The Bourne Identity

After waking up at sea with no memory of who he once was, Jason Bourne travels the world to discover his identity while mysterious assassins try to kill him. Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a character first appearing in Robert Ludlum’s 1980 spy novel The Bourne Identity. The film was followed by The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, both of which were also adaptations of Ludlum’s work.

Doug Liman

Release Date
June 14, 2002

119 minutes

All of the Bourne movies are great action thrillers, the first, however, introduces a green superspy into the world of espionage in a very unique way, as Kingsman: The Secret Service does.

As far as its relation to Kingsman, the Bourne series is definitely much more serious and doesn’t feature anywhere near as many tropes from other spy movies. However, core elements of the genre are still there, albeit in a much more realistic way.

2 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Based on the television series of the same name, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Set during the height of the Cold War, the film follows a CIA operative and a KGB agent who are forced to work together to stop an international criminal conspiracy. Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Hugh Grant star alongside Cavill and Hammer.

Release Date
August 14, 2015


With Guy Ritchie directing and Henry Cavill as a star, it’s a surprise that this film didn’t do better on first release. A classic spy set up sees CIA and KJB agents joining forces in the Cold War, for an odd-couple take on the classic spy set up.

Despite the middling reviews that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. received when it first launched, many have come to really appreciate the movie in the few years since it left theaters.

Thanks to strong performances, and Impeccable comedic timing, from the impressive cast, it is easy to see why so many feel it’s underrated.


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1 Kick-Ass (2010)

An Earlier Vaughn Hit

Kick-Ass 2

The sequel to Kick-Ass sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise his role as the titular vigilante. Kick-Ass 2 sees Dave Lizewski – A.K.A. Kick-Ass – join the vigilante team Justice Forever. Meanwhile, Mindy Macready (A.K.A. Hit Girl) tries to live a normal life, even as Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) takes on a supervillain persona and forms his own team with the intention of killing Kick-Ass. 

Jeff Wadlow

Release Date
July 17, 2013

113 minutes

Matthew Vaughn’s filmmaking style and brand of humor have proven to be quite successful for many movies. From massive blockbuster movies such as X-Men: First Class to smaller ones like Stardust, Vaughn has certainly proven that he knows how to make an entertaining movie.

Like Kingsman, Kick-Ass is another comic book movie that distances itself from others in the genre, and fans of Vaughn are likely to find a lot of similarities in its tone, humor, and violence thanks in no small part o the original comics’ shared writer, Mark Millar.

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