The Kingsman franchise is becoming a trilogy soon, as the third movie is coming out on December 22nd, 2021. If you are too eager to see the movie and need something similar to get you into that awesome Kingsman groove, you’re in the right place.
Here’s the ultimate list of 25 movies like the Kingsman series you need to see before The King’s Man comes out. Some movies play into the spy-action narrative similar to the Kingsman, while others share a similar combination of action and humor. The list is in no particular order, apart from the streaming services where you can find them.
Movies Like Kingsman on Netflix
25. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
If you dig the spy comedy blueprint that the Kingsman franchise follows, then you’ll certainly dig The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Although the critics were a bit hard on the 2015 Guy Ritchie flick, I believe it deserves more credit than it gets. It’s an incredibly well-directed movie with a spectacular cast, including Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and others.
The plot revolves around a CIA agent and a KGB operative who join forces to fight against a criminal organization involved with nuclear weapons. Cavill looks awesome in a suit, and although I must admit the humor feels a bit stiff at times, the writing is very convincing.
24. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The Mission Impossible franchise is probably the most well-known secret agent action franchise ever made, and Ghost Protocol is one of the best movies in the entire series. The 2011 film has Tom Cruise portraying the main guy, Ethan Hunt, with co-stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg.
All MI flicks share a similar save-the-world kind of narrative, but I feel the Ghost Protocol had the coolest action sequences and a deeper plot. Hunt and his team need to prove they are innocent after being framed for a bombing they had nothing to do with.
You can watch the Ghost Protocol on Netflix in most countries, but if you want to watch the newest sequel, Mission Impossible: Fallout, you might have some trouble. Not every country’s Netflix has it, but you can still watch it on FXNow, DIRECTV, or Spectrum On Demand.
23. The Dark Knight Rises
I love the Christopher Nola/Christian Bale trilogy the most out of all the Batman adaptations so far. Particularly, The Dark Knight Rises from 2012 is probably my favorite Batman movie of all time. It has fun, high-tech gadgets and detective-like elements that are similar to what the Kingsman offer. A lot of fans also don’t know that Kingsman was initially a comic book, too.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne returns to action with the help of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman to fight a nemesis that’s probably even more dominant physically than he is – Bane. No villain could ever come close to Heath Ledger’s Joker, but Tom Hardy did a marvelous job as Bane, and the movie overall was incredibly satisfying to watch.
22. Johnny English
Now, Johnny English might not share the same “seriousness” as the Kingsman, but it certainly fits the genre. It is a hilarious secret-agent movie parody starring the incredible Rowan Atkinson. Johnny is silly, goofy, clumsy – but he’s the luckiest bastard in the world and somehow always gets the job done.
It’s not the “smartest” humor, per se, so some people might find it a bit superficial or just plainly “too much,” but if you enjoy Mr. Bean and similar British comedies, then Johnny English will have you rolling on the floor laughing.
The Kingsman series and Kick-Ass are so different, yet so similar. The plot of the superhero comedy Kick-Ass almost has nothing in common with the sophisticated, suit-wearing style of Kingsman, but the vibe is just the same.
It’s probably because both movies are directed and written by Matthew Vaughn while Jane Goldman helped with the screenplay. Oh, and both movies are adaptations of comic books from Mark Millar.
Kick-Ass has tons of dark humor, following a guy who wants to change his life, so he chooses to become a superhero despite having no real powers. It’s a hilarious film where Aaron Taylor-Johnson really shines. If you haven’t watched it already, you can do it on Netflix in most countries.
20. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The Hitman’s Bodyguard came out in 2017 but recently got a sequel that didn’t fare as well with the critics as the first film, but they both share the same sense of humor. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are perfect together, and the plot is quite innovative.
The plot follows an elite bodyguard who had lost his supreme status after a sniper killed one of his clients. He gets a chance to redeem himself after being tasked to protect a professional hitman, who’s the only alive witness who can testify against a former White Russia dictator.
Darious is a pot-mouthed cold-blooded killer, while Michael is the complete opposite. Although they are both quite good at what they do, they don’t see eye-to-eye, which causes tons of hilarious situations that you just have to watch.
19. The Equalizer
Now, the Equalizer is a bit more action and a bit less comedy than Kingsman, but it’s still a great film that will have you at the edge of your seat for over two hours. Starring Denzel Washington, the 2014 flick directed by Antoine Fuqua has action, crime, and thriller elements that are perfectly packed in a story with a head and a tail.
Denzel is a guy that has a mysterious (seemingly violent) past, and he wants to put it behind him. However, he meets a young girl that’s caught up in dangerous stuff way above her head, so our main guy pulls out the guns to help her fight the violent Russian gangsters.
Some say that the TV series which the movie was based on was better, and the sequel had pretty bad reviews, but the 2014 film was a perfect action movie for a cool movie night with your better half.
18. The Bourne Identity
The Jason Bourne franchise has a great place in popular culture, going back to 2002 when The Bourne Identity got out. Matt Damon played the role for quite a while, portraying the main character who does not know who he really is.
The movie has all the secret-agent/superspy elements you could ask for, but contrary to the Kingsman, it doesn’t have as much humor in it. It’s a bit more realistic, too, as much as a spy movie can be, but the uniqueness of the storyline will keep you interested from the beginning to the end. And that’s coming from somebody who usually doesn’t particularly like Matt Damon.
17. Sherlock Holmes
After completely smashing his role as Iron Man in 2008, Robert Downey Jr. took an even bigger bite to show what a spectacular actor he is when he took on the role of the famous Sherlock Holmes a year later. The competition for the best Sherlock Holmes portrayal is quite strong, but it eventually comes down to RDJ or Benedict Cumberbatch from the TV series.
Jude Law joined RDJ as Watson, his side-kick, fighting a foe that could almost match Sherlock’s intellectual brilliance. Not only was Downey Jr. spectacular, but the supporting cast played their roles masterfully under the direction of Guy Ritchie. The movie is available on Netflix in most countries, including the US.
16. Get Smart
Now, we’re getting back to a more comedy-based spy-movie approach, starring the legendary Steve Carrell. Peter Segal directed the 2008 film, and while it split the critics, I believe it was still a very cool action comedy that I still like to watch from time to time.
Maxwell Smart, an intelligent yet incredibly clumsy spy, tries to prevent a terrorist strike plotted by another spy group called KAOS. Carrell has an incredible supporting cast with the beautiful Anne Hathaway and Dwayne Johnson.
If you like spy-based action comedies, Get Smart is the cream of the crop. You may catch it on Netflix in almost all countries where the streaming platform is available.
I’m not sure why RED doesn’t get mentioned on action movie lists more often, but it was a great 2010 movie with a fantastic cast that I still love watching, even though I’ve seen it at least four times. You got Bruce Willis and John Malkovich to bring the crazy & comedic action while Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren bring the badass – what more can you ask for?
A former black-ops agent Frank Moses lives a peaceful life, but after an assassin tries to take his life, he reassembles his team to find and destroy the ones who attacked him. It turns into a fabulous mayhem that you’ll enjoy so much before the new Kingsman movie.
I-Spy was one of the first spy action comedies I’ve ever seen in a theater when the movie came out back in 2002. Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy were an amazing duo, and I’m a bit sad that the movie didn’t have a better plot. Still, it had some awesome funny moments that had me rolling in laughter.
As the story goes, A US government agent needs to find and recover a missing jet, and a professional athlete helps him accomplish the mission. You’ll get that awesome secret spy vibe, but there’s more of an emphasis on comedy rather than the spy stuff.
The movie streams on Netflix in most states, but you can also find it on DIRECTV.
13. American Ultra
I guess the timing wasn’t right for American Ultra when it got out, as it flopped in box office numbers. Still, it was a solid action-comedy that certainly deserved more credit than it got. Nima Nourizadeh directed the film in 2015, and Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart portrayed the main roles.
Call it a miracle if you want, but I loved Kristen’s character in a movie for the first time ever, and Eisenberg is great in a comedy, as usual. In the film, he’s a stoner/secret agent targeted for extermination after being marked as a liability by his kin. He evades all their attacks with Stewart’s help, as his training and his weed allow him to stay one step ahead most of the time.
The film has some hilarious moments and awesome action, so give it a shot on Netflix if you haven’t watched it already.
Movies Like Kingsman on Disney+
Deadpool is another comic-based movie on this list, but unlike Kingsman, it has a bit more superhero stuff in it. However, the humor is awesome, which is why the fans probably took it way better than the critics initially. The movie came out in 2016, and the character quickly became a part of pop culture, just like the Kingsman.
The story follows Wade Wilson, a guy with terminal cancer who was subjected to experiments and virtually became immortal, which led him to become a mercenary. He spits out dark humor every step of the way as he tries to find the ones responsible for the experiments and his hideous appearance.
You can find Deadpool and Deadpool 2 on Disney+, just like virtually all other Marvel Movies, be it a part of the main MCU or simply Marvel Studios productions.
11. X-Men: First Class
Yet another comic-book-based film, the X-Men: First Class had elements of investigation, action, comedy, drama, and superhero genre, all packed up so nicely, I genuinely believe it’s one of the best movies from the X-Men franchise.
The film came out in 2011 and had tons of star-power in the cast, such as James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), and others.
It was yet another Matthew Vaught-Jane Goldman cooperation just like Kingsman, so if you enjoyed the style of our favorite secret spy tailors and their films, you’d definitely enjoy this X-Men installation as well.
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Many fans claim that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best-written movie in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, apart from maybe Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. I couldn’t agree more, as it had action, comedy, drama, thriller, and even elements of mystery, as the story unravels and we learn who the Winter Soldier is.
The Russo brothers did a wonderful job, as always. In the movie, Cap teams up with the Black Widow and the Falcon to track down the Winter Soldier and stop him from causing havoc.
The film is star-studded, and if you enjoy the comic-book-based stories, there aren’t many better films you can watch before the new Kingsman than this one – especially when we know The King’s Man will mostly base on events happening around WW I.
We’re turning back to comedy a bit more once again with the Spy, a funny, action-packed comedy from 2015 starring Melissa McCarthy. If you love the spy-based, undercover mission-type of movies with humor on top of all the cool action, then this is the movie for you.
McCarthy plays the role of a CIA analyst that’s usually behind the desk but finally gets a field mission in trying to infiltrate the black market with weapons to prevent a horrible global catastrophe. Of course, her inexperienced self hits a few bumps along the way, but it all ends well.
Despite not being as popular as some other Melissa McCarthy movies – some of which were much worse than this one – it’s a flick that’s worth a watch, especially for us who love that Kingsman-type of vibe mixing superspy stuff with comedy.
Movies Like Kingsman on Amazon Prime
8. James Bond: Casino Royale
Of course, this list would be incomplete without at least one James Bond movie on it, as it’s probably the biggest landmark in all secret agent/superspy movies ever created. I’ve chosen Casino Royale, as it reminds me of the Kingsman movies the most, with a modernized storyline, incredible gadgets, and action in fabulous suits that’s literally to die for.
It was Daniel Craig’s first action as 007, and although his time as Bond came to an end just recently with No Time To Die, all his James Bond movies will be remembered as the ones that modernized the franchise and gave it a breath of fresh air.
7. Atomic Blonde
Imagine a female version of John Wick – and you get the Atomic Blonde. Portrayed by the breathtaking Charlize Theron, a secret MI6 agent is interrogated about past events from post-WWII/Cold War Berlin. She was tasked with retrieving a highly-sensitive list of the names of all known double agents that can retip the power scales in the world.
It’s a much less humorous movie than the Kingsman, but I was blown away when I first watched it. I expected a cheeky action flick with only the names in the cast giving it any quality, but every aspect of the movie is spectacular. I particularly enjoyed the music in the film, and I bet you will, too.
6. Men In Black II
What movie pops into your mind when you think about guys in neat suits going on top-secret missions that save the world behind the public eye? Apart from Kingsman, of course, it’s the Men in Black franchise. I picked Men in Black II to put it on this list simply because I love that part the most.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Jay and Kay in yet another fight against the aliens. Like the Kingsman franchise, the MIB is also based on comic books, and there are so many things from these movies that became a vital part of the popular culture; it would be a sin not to have at least one of them on this list.
5. Now You See Me
Now You See Me isn’t a movie about spies or secret agents, but it has that sophisticated plot filled with investigative elements that the Kingsman series so effortlessly presents, too. The movie came out in 2013 with an incredible cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Common, Michale Cain, and Isla Fisher.
The movie follows a group of incredible magicians and performers who somehow pull off bank heists while on stage, but they don’t take the money for themselves – they give it away to their audience. You might not enjoy the sequel as much as the first film, but trust me, both are worth your time.
Movies Like Kingsman on HBO Max
4. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
This movie was one of my favorite things in the world when I was a kid. It’s not quite the same as the Kingsman franchise, but The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was also based on a dystopian comic book revolving around a group of characters going on a secret mission.
In the movie, we’re in an alternate world, where famous fantasy, science fiction, and otherworldly characters come together to embark on a secret quest together. Those characters include Dorian Gray, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Jekyll & Hyde), Captain Nemo, tom Sawyer, Dante, and others.
The film has horrible critical reviews, but if you give it a shot without expecting too much, it can be your guilty pleasure, just as it is mine. And, now that it’s on HBO Max, it’s much easier to find and watch.
3. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Yeah, baby! Austin Powers was a funny secret spy in a suit – albeit a much more extravagant suit – before Kingsman was even planned. The entire hilarious franchise revolves around an eccentric, weird, even kinky secret agent who woke up in a cryogenic chamber after thirty years to fight Dr. Evil, his arch-nemesis.
The movie is a cult classic that you just have to watch whether you like it or not because Mike Myers killed the part – which ultimately made him famous. Personally, I don’t love the movies that much, as the humor is a bit try-hard for me, but the narrative fits, so if you like spy movies, definitely check it out.
You can find Austin Powers on HBO Max as well as on Hulu.
Movies Like Kingsman on Other Platforms
2. John Wick
John Wick is a classic when it comes to action movies. The way Keanu Reeves carried the role throughout the entire franchise (soon to be a tetralogy) is simply amazing. Even if you aren’t an action movie-lover, John Wick just hits the right spot.
John Wick is not the Boogeyman – he’s the guy you send to kill the Boogeyman. After some punks kill his dog, all hell breaks loose, as Wick goes out for every last one of them in the act of revenge. It unravels new problems for John, but such a highly-trained assassin that kills guys with books and pencils has nothing to fear.
Every action/secret agent movie lover has to watch all John Wick movies – I hear it’s the law. However, it’s not that easy, as it doesn’t stream on any of the major platforms out there. Still, you can find it on fuboTV, Sling Tv, DIRECTV, Spectrum On Demand, and more.
1. The World’s End
Let’s ourselves up to end things, shall we? The World’s End is a classic dark action-comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the same guys behind Shaun of the Living Dead. While it doesn’t have that horror vibe, it does have that hysterical sense of humor you’ll just love. Apart from the main two guys, we also have Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike in significant roles.
The story follows a group of five friends who reunite to have fun and drink in pubs, but in a bizarre turn of events, they become humanity’s last hope of survival. The movie has tons of sci-fi action and hilarious elements that will have you laughing at one moment and the edge of your seat at the other.