10 Best Movies Like The Contractor


Chris Pine directs the all-new action flick The contractor. It’s truly a classic action movie, with Pine playing a decorated soldier who receives a dishonorable discharge from his use of narcotics to cope with chronic pain. When he gets out, he takes a job with a private military company, but they soon betray him and he sets out to clear his name and seek revenge.

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The contractor shares a lot in common with several other films around ideas of betrayal, distrust of government, and all-out action. It’s not even the first release this year to deal with these same themes, as Liam Neeson starred in a very similar title just two months ago. For all who loved The contractoror if you want to find something similar, there are plenty of options to choose from.


Shooter (2007)

Mark Wahlberg looks elsewhere in Shooter.
  • Streaming now on Netflix.

One of the strongest accompanying films to The contractor is the 2007 movie Shooter. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Swagger, a US Army sniper who retreats to the mountains of Wyoming after the death of his partner. One day, a retired US Army Colonel asks her to help stop an attack on the US President.

It was a set-up, and soon Swagger finds himself accused of killing a visiting diplomat. A little like The contractor, the story is about a soldier betrayed by people he trusted and who exculpates himself and takes revenge. The concept was also adapted into a TV show starring Ryan Phillipe in the lead.

Black Light (2022)

Travis walking past a window in Blacklight.
  • Available to rent on Prime Video, Apple TV and Google Play.

The contractor also shares a similarity with another action movie release of 2022, Black light. The main difference is that in The contractor, the hero encounters a new unit and trusts them by uniting before his betrayal. In Black lightthe main character was stabbed by one of his oldest friends.

Black light stars Liam Neeson as a black ops agent for the FBI Director, who was at one point his commanding officer during the Vietnam War. When he learns that the FBI is killing people who threaten their ideals of American government, he prepares to take on his entire country to save it.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Chris Pine fights man in hotel bathroom Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
  • Stream now on Paramount+.

For fans of The contractor who want to see more Chris Pine in action, he played the iconic hero Jack Ryan in the 2014 film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Based on the character of Tom Clancy, Pine was the fourth actor to play Jack Ryan in a film, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Pine took on more of Affleck’s role, as a young Ryan getting his feet wet in his political career while trying to stop a plan to crush the American economy.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Jason Bourne holds a gun in both hands in The Bourne Identity
  • Stream now on HBO Max.

In 2002, Matt Damon starred as Jason Bourne and changed the way spy movies were made. There are many moviegoers who believe that The Bourne Identity was the reason so many spy movies went from glitz and glamor to gritty realism.

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The film shares a bit in common with The contractor for Bourne was an American agent betrayed and left for dead by the organization he worked for. The main difference is that Bourne ended up with amnesia and spent most of the franchise learning who he was while getting revenge on the group that wronged him.

John Wick (2014)

John Wick in a club
  • Available to rent on Prime Video, Apple TV and Google Play.

Keanu Reeves took on a new fantasy action role in 2014 and it turned out to be what he’s best known for today. John Wick came out that year and saw Reeves play the role of an assassin who is left for dead when he refuses to hand over his car to the son of a crime lord. They also killed his dog, which sent him to the brink.

It’s much more violent and exaggerated than The contractorbut it might hit someone who wanted something a little more difficult.

Red (2010)

red bruce willis morgan freeman john malkovich
  • Stream now on HBO Max.

For anyone who loved the idea of ​​a former elite soldier seeking revenge on trusted former associates after a double cross, but wants to see more badass, Red could be the perfect movie. Based on a graphic novel, Bruce Willis stars as a retired black ops soldier who just wants to live out his last days in peace.

However, when the government decides to eliminate anyone who could connect them to their past misdeeds, they send an assassin to bring them out. When they fail, he teams up with other retired elderly assassins and sets out to take down the youngsters who think they are the new top dogs.

The A-Team (2010)

The cast of the A-Team on the bill
  • Stream now on Prime Video.

Liam Neeson has become the biggest name in action movies over the past decade, which is impressive considering he’s nearly 70 years old. This action character started it all when he took on the role of a Jedi in the star wars franchise and really kicked things into high gear with Taken In 2008.

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In 2010, he took on the iconic role of Hannibal in the big-screen adaptation of The A-team. The plot was the same as the TV show, with the team betrayed by their own government and accused of war crimes. They now set out to help those in need while searching for a way to clear their name.

Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher pointing a gun at someone.
  • Stream now on Paramount+.

While the recent Amazon Prime Video series based on Jack Reacher is the definitive version of Lee Child’s character, Tom Cruise himself took on the role in two films. On the first outing, Jack Reacha former American sniper, is accused of murder and asks Reacher to prove his innocence.

In the following, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Reacher learns that a close aide to the military has been arrested and charged with espionage. He then sets out, once again, to prove his innocence and bring down the true villains of the story, making the two films similar enough to The contractor worth a look.

Mission Impossible (1996)

Ethan Hunt on a bungee cord in Mission Impossible.
  • Available to rent now on Apple TV and Google Play.

Another Tom Cruise movie that shares a strong similarity with The contractor is Impossible mission. The first film in the franchise sees Cruise as Ethan Hunt, one of the most elite secret agents working on the books for the US government.

The whole point of the franchise is that if Hunt’s mission goes wrong, the US government will disavow any relationship with him and he’ll be on his own. This happened in the first movie, and Hunt had to work things out and prove his innocence in order to clear his name.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America and Black Widow standing in the streets.
  • Stream now on Disney+.

Believe it or not, there is a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that shares a similar slant to The contractor. In Chris Pine’s film, he works with an organization he trusts, an independent company that works with the government. They betray him and he must bring them down.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it got even deeper. An organization known as Hydra infiltrated the US government and planned to take over the country. To do this, they framed Captain America for the murder of Nick Fury and he had to clear his name and eliminate Hydra before they brought down the United States of America.

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