Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Jack Ryan, Ride Along And The Nut Job

By Kristy Puchko 2014-01-17 05:41:33discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Ride Along and The Nut Job for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of espionage thrillers, buddy comedies, and animated adventures!


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Chris Pine fronts this thriller as the titular CIA analyst who is forced out from his desk job and into the field when he discovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy. Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley co-star; Kennth Branagh directs. Read our review here.

It might not surprise you to hear Pine is the fourth actor to take on the role of Jack Ryan, a character from Tom Clancy's popular novels. But it might delight you to know that two of his four previously released adventures are now streaming!

The Hunt for Red October (1990) Alec Baldwin was the first A-lister to step into the shoes of reluctant spy Jack Ryan. Set in 1984, this thriller is embedded in the height of the Cold War and its resulting paranoia. When a USSR submarine captain navigates his vessel toward the US, some clamor it's an act of war. But Ryan suspects the Captain's motives are more curious than that. Sean Connery co-stars; John McTiernan directs.

The Sum of All Fears (2002) In this Ben Affleck-fronted feature, Jack Ryan is once more trying to prevent a full-on nuclear war! When three missing Russian nuclear scientists turn up in the Ukraine conversing with neo-Nazis, it's up to the CIA's sharpest agent to uncover why. Morgan Freeman and James Cromwell co-star; Phil Alden Robinson.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Neither of Harrison Ford's outings as Ryan (Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger) are Netflix Instant at present. But if you can't get enough of spy thrillers, then you'll drool over Tom Cruise's latest mission as Ethan Hunt. When his team is framed for a horrendous act of terrorism, Hunt and company must go into hiding while continuing their quest to topple a malevolent madman. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton co-star; Brad Bird directs.
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