Under reliable protection: 20 films about bodyguards

If there is too much work for guardian angels, then specially trained earthly protectors cannot be dispensed with. The task of bodyguards is to ensure the safety of the client at any cost, even at the cost of their own lives. Celebrities, big businessmen and, of course, presidents of all countries need protection. Every working day is fraught with many surprises, so films and series about bodyguards are created in various genres – from action-packed action films to incendiary comedies.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

The novelty of the movie is the continuation of the story about the adventures of agent Michael Bryce and mercenary Darius Kincaid. A professional security guard has lost his license and is trying to come to terms with change under the guidance of a psychoanalyst . The doctor advises Michael to forget about the old days, but the past in the form of Sonia Kincaid suddenly reminds of itself. A lively woman demands from Bryce that he release her husband Darius. The adventure will throw battered partners into the thick of deadly events in Europe.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Genre:
Action, comedy

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Star Shadow (2020)

Name is a famous Russian rap musician who tours the country with concerts. During a performance in St. Petersburg, an assassination attempt is made on the singer, but the guy miraculously manages to survive. The administrator hires a fearless girl Sasha to protect the performer, who is ready to independently find out the name of the mysterious customer. Fans of intricate plots will like the domestic film about an unusual bodyguard, because the musician has not only an army of fans, but also hundreds of enemies.

Genre:
Music, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Pavel Priluchny, Alexandra Cherkasova-Servant, Kirill Nagiev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Close (2019)

After the death of her father, young Zoe becomes the main shareholder of an influential company in the mining market. The corporation must start developing a phosphate mine in Africa, so an experienced bodyguard Sam is hired to accompany the girl on the trip. It was assumed that the main threat to the heiress would come from local residents, but the danger is much closer.

Original title:
Close

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actor :
Noomi Rapace, Olivia Jewison, Abdellatif Chauki…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating :
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Bodyguard (TV series 2018)

David Budd is the protagonist of a foreign series about a bodyguard with an ideological position and his own principles. A war veteran and protection specialist in the London Police is assigned to Home Secretary Julia Montague. The new position brings moral difficulties. The political views of the ward do not fundamentally coincide with the opinion of David, so Budd will have to find a compromise between personal convictions and duty.

Original title:
Bodyguard

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Continues the list of the best films about armed nannies American comedy about former special agent Michael Bryce, who was entrusted with the protection of a dangerous mercenary. In The Hague, the case of the brutal dictator Dukhovich is being considered, but the prosecution does not have enough evidence. The killer Darius Kincaid can become an important witness in the process, and the tyrant is ready to do anything to remove the eyewitness. Bryce is the only one who can protect the assassin and get him to court in time to return to the big leagues of bodyguards.

Original title:
The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Genre:
Action, thriller, comedy

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Elodie Yung, Salma Hayek…

Country:
USA, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Security guard (2016)

Eddie Deacon left the military and is trying to find a suitable job in everyday life. A man accepts a job as a security guard at a mall, but the first night shift becomes a real challenge. A girl is knocking on the door, running away from dangerous bandits. Eddie must remember his old skills to protect an 11-year-old child. A movie about a bodyguard with Antonio Banderas in the title role is worth watching for fans of crime thrillers.

Original title:
Security

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Liam McIntyre …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


K2 (TV series 2016)

One of the best mercenaries goes on the run after a vile betrayal of his comrades. The fighter with the code name K2 does not intend to hide and tremble with fear. But at home, the hero, hired to guard a woman from an influential family, will soon find himself at the center of a dangerous political intrigue , where the participants are used to playing by the rules. Only the strongest will survive, and K2 enters the struggle for a place under the sun.

Original title:
Deo keitu

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Chi Chan-uk, Lim Yun-ah, Song Yun-ah …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Guardian Angel (2012)

Among the best films about bodyguards played by world stars is a German drama with an outstanding cast. Businessman Thomas Baker kills a friend of young Nina, who has become an accidental eyewitness to this crime. The businessman insists on the version of self-defense, but the words of the girl contradict the testimony of the arms dealer. Baker manages to get out of the courtroom on bail – and the criminal opens the hunt for Nina. The only one who is able to protect the witness is the former military Max.

Original title:
Schutzengel

Genre:
Drama, action

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Luna Schweiger, Moritz Bleibtreu…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Defender (2012)

The underworld of New York has announced a hunt for little Mei. The girl is a carrier of important information. The fugitive has a phenomenal memory, and the code from the safe with a huge amount of money is stored in her head. The crime syndicate drives the child into a corner – and at this moment she has a reliable friend and protector. Former intelligence officer Luke is ready to protect May from corrupt cops and the mafia at the cost of his own life.

Original title:
Safe

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Bodyguard (2010)

The protagonist of the film about a bodyguard, who himself would not interfere with the protection, is the mercenary Mitchell. Criminal authorities do not want to let go of the seasoned criminal fighter so easily, although the man was released with the firm intention of putting an end to his criminal biography. Mitchell gets a job with a famous film star, and the business relationship gradually turns into a romantic one. When a mercenary receives a generous offer from a crime boss, he refuses. The bandit does not tolerate intractable people – revenge of an angry criminal will not be long in coming.

Original title:
London Boulevard

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winston …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Live target (TV series 2010 – 2011)

Bodyguard Christopher Chance left behind a dark past to save lives. The man is trying to prevent contract killings of wards, getting used to new roles and working undercover. In difficult tasks, Chris is helped by a harsh mercenary Guerrero and an experienced hacker Laverne Winston. Partners do everything possible to ensure that each client is not only right, but also alive.

Original title:
Human Target

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earl Haley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
16+


Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)

Revolutionary Sun Yat-sen arrives from Japan in Hong Kong to discuss important issues for the overthrow of the ruling Qing dynasty. Empress Cixi learns about the plans of the rebels, and sends a detachment of fighters to deal with the rebels. The ruler did not take into account that the common people are ready to defend Sun Yat-sen and make sacrifices for the sake of gaining freedom. The action movie about bodyguards and murderers is based on real events of 1905 – the film will appeal to fans of action-packed historical dramas .

Original title:
Shi yue wei cheng

Genre:
Action, drama, history

Actors:
Wang Xueqi, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Hu Jun…

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Guard (2006)

Special agent Pete Garrison suspects that the president is in danger because of a “mole” that has appeared in the White House. Grim assumptions are confirmed when the personal bodyguard of a politician becomes a victim of an unknown killer. Pete’s words are heeded – however, it is he who is suspected of committing a crime. From that moment on, the plot of the film about the president’s bodyguard is gaining momentum, because Garrison has to oppose the rigid and all-powerful state system.

Original title:
The Sentinel

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Anger (2004)

Ex-Marine Chrissy lost his knack due to alcohol addiction , but decided to return to duty. A man gets a job as a bodyguard for an influential businessman who orders to keep an eye on his little daughter. Despite precautions, the girl is kidnapped by a criminal gang. Chrissy goes on the warpath to return the child to her father, and herself – an honest name.

Original title:
Man on Fire

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Mickey Rourke…

Country:
USA, UK, Mexico, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Vengeance Angel (2002)

It’s hard to imagine top bodyguard movies without a comedy action movie about Frankie Delano. For most of his life, the man protected the Alligieri family, but competitors managed to get to the head of the clan. The mafia has an adult daughter, Jennifer, who until now had no idea about the dangerous relationship. Frankie is ready to protect the heiress of a criminal empire, and true love is born in the vicissitudes of life, giving Delano the strength to fight.

Original title:
Avenging Angelo

Genre:
Action, melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone, Madeleine Stowe, Anthony Quinn…

Country:
USA, France, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Security guard for daughter (1997)

Former special forces soldier Leon, after breaking up with his wife, goes on a drinking binge, interrupted by a lucrative offer of cooperation. A businessman from a mafia group is barely holding back the onslaught of competitors, so he is forced to protect the most valuable thing – his own daughter. Leon becomes the girl’s personal bodyguard, but it’s hard for Sarah not to fall in love with the handsome and courageous mercenary. When the father finds out about the secret relationship, things take a dangerous turn.

Original title:
Sara

Genre:
Action, drama, melodrama, crime

Actors:
Boguslaw Linda, Agnieszka Wlodarczyk, Cezary Pazura …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Bodyguard Tess (1994)

Security officer Doug Chesnik is tired of the eccentric ward, testing his nervous system for strength. Tess Carlyle, widow of the former president, is legally entitled to special protection. Doug is sure that a peppy old woman will give odds to the most notorious bandit, but one day an elderly woman is really kidnapped . Modern films do not often compare with the classics, so this good old comedy about a bodyguard is also presented in our selection as a time-tested movie.

Original title:
Guarding Tess

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine, Austin Pendleton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)

Allan is a top international fighter hired by a Hong Kong businessman to protect his girlfriend. Michelle miraculously survived the mafia assassination attempt, and the bodyguard should always be nearby. The girl does not like the company of the passionless Allan, and the bored beauty runs away from the young man to the shopping center, not suspecting that she is heading into a deadly trap.

Original title:
Zhong Nan Hai bao biao

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Jet Li, Christy Cheung, Kent Cheng…

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


In the line of fire (1993)

An exciting crime film will be appreciated by fans of detective thrillers. Frank Horrigan was next to John F. Kennedy at the time of the fatal shot, but failed to prevent the assassination. Decades later, a man does not let go of guilt, and fate provides a chance to prove himself. Frank receives a call from a wanted terrorist saying he intends to kill the incumbent president. Horrigan cannot stay away, so he accepts the rules of a dangerous game.

Original title:
In the Line of Fire

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Bodyguard (1992)

A beautiful melodrama over the years keeps a high rating thanks to the stellar cast and popular soundtracks with hits performed by Whitney Houston. Frank Farmer leaves his job in the presidential security service after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and gets a job as a bodyguard for a famous singer. The young star Rachel seriously fears for her own life because of the threatening letters that come to the performer with enviable regularity.

Original title:
The Bodyguard

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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