15 Best Movies Like The Da Vinci Code

2006’s The Da Vinci Code is a gripping movie that examines religious history and the hidden meaning of symbols, using smart writing to take the Dan Brown novel and bring it to life in the best way possible. The movie features great elements of mystery, with ‘The Teacher’ being an unknown character for most of the plot.

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Meanwhile, there’s action, fantastic dialogue and character development, and elements of eerieness when it comes to Silas’ character, often working in the night. While the movie has had sequels, which are obviously enjoyable to go and watch after this, what other movies should fans of The Da Vinci Code check out, and where can they be found?

Updated on September 26th, 2021 by Mark Birrell: While director Ron Howard’s other Robert Langdon adventures, 2009’s Angels & Demons and 2016’s Inferno, should certainly be the first port of call for fans of the Da Vinci Code movie, there are many other mysteries out there that should pique the interest of anyone who loved the twists and turns of the original Dan Brown adaptation. As The Lost Symbol TV series has begun streaming on Peacock, fascination with Langdon and his detective skills has been reignited and fans who are searching for more treasure-hunting and conspiracy fun should check out these films next.

15 The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Jean Reno and Vincent Kassel in The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Fans of Jean Reno’s turn as the persistent Captain Fache in The Da Vinci Code will definitely want to check out this murder mystery movie where he plays a hard-nosed detective on the case of a string of disturbing murders that all point to dark secrets from the past.

Vincent Cassel co-stars as an equally tough cop who’s drawn into the same case by the desecration of a tomb a hundred miles away but, considering that the pair don’t meet up until an hour into the movie, most of the story is told through parallel viewpoints as it is with the two perspectives of Langdon and Silas in The Da Vinci Code. It’s a movie with scarce availability through streaming, but one worth tracking down for its mix of action, horror, and humor.

14 Enemy of the State (1998)

● Available on Peacock

The main characters of The Da Vinci Code find themselves on the run and facing seemingly all-powerful enemies, which keeps the movie entertaining. The far reach of Opus Dei and the police is more than matched by the sinister surveillance powers of a corrupt team of NSA agents in director Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State.

In a modern world, the technology used to track Will Smith’s beleaguered lawyer in the film is known to be essentially real which makes the larger-than-life story of a deadly cover-up feel much more grounded in a way that Da Vinci Code fans will enjoy.

13 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

● Available on Tubi and Crackle

The original movie adaptation of the first part of author Stieg Larsson’s globally popular ‘Millenium’ series, before it was adapted into the English language by director David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduced movie audiences to the detecting duo of hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

Fans of The Da Vinci Code’s darker elements will have as much as they can handle with this sometimes-brutal murder mystery and the methodical nature of how a labyrinthine literary plot unfolds isn’t lost in translation either here.

12 The Pelican Brief (1993)

Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington to towards the camera in The Pelican Brief (1993)

● Available on HBO Max

One part of The Da Vinci Code that fans often love best is the conspiracy at the heart of the story and it’s impossible to talk about the history of conspiracy movies without talking about Alan J. Pakula. One of his final films was an adaptation of a conspiracy story from John Grisham and the star power of leads Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington makes it a must-see for its pedigree alone.

The murderous cover-ups and assassinations of The Pelican Brief are motivated by politics and business but the story is driven by intelligent conversations. Da Vinci Code fans should appreciate how the action always provides the story with a degree of threat while the ideas of the plot always stay at the center.

11 Sahara (2005)

● Available on Showtime

Author Clive Cussler’s own treasure-hunting hero leans far more toward Indiana Jones than Robert Langdon, but the incorporation of mystery with wild historical tales here should be of great intrigue to fans of The Da Vinci Code.

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Matthew McConaughey takes the lead role in the movie as Dirk Pitt, who uncovers a conspiracy while searching for lost American Civil War gold in Africa. Fans of The Da Vinci Code who enjoy the variety of the journey will get swept up by this sprawling adventure.

10 As Above, So Below (2014)

● Available on Prime Video

A movie that puts its own unique and energetic spin on treasure hunting is As Above, So Below. This found-footage chiller amplifies the horror qualities of films like The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones with a story about a group of young historians and cave explorers searching for the philosopher’s stone beneath the Catacombs of Paris.

Da Vinci Code fans will enjoy all of the dark theories about history and their spirited retelling as well as the religious themes at play in the story, not to mention its surprisingly high degree of emotion.

9 National Treasure (2004)

national treasure

● Available on Disney+

Another great movie that’s full of mystery and adventure is National Treasure. While it’s slightly less serious or complex as The Da Vinci Code, and it isn’t all about religious symbols, the movie does utilize puzzles and clues in the same way for a quest that’s all about secrets from US history and even involves the Knights Templar, as The Da Vinci Code does.

This movie follows a treasure hunter as he tries to find a trove of riches that’s been hidden from history, with riddles and hints having to be followed in order to find it. While the story is a little faster-paced, this one feels like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code, and the enthusiasm for history makes it a light experience that Robert Langdon fans should enjoy.

8 Bridge Of Spies (2015)

Tom Hanks in Bridge Of Spies (2015)

● Available on IMDb TV

One of the greatest aspects of The Da Vinci Code is simply the performance of Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. He does an amazing job in the lead role, and anybody who enjoys his performance as Langdon should appreciate Bridge of Spies. 

Hanks once again steps into the lead role in another tense movie that features gripping dialogue and a difficult situation that Hanks’ character often has to talk his way out of, just like Langdon. Here he plays James Donovan, who has to negotiate a deal to exchange a spy for a US pilot during the height of the Cold War.

7 Sherlock Holmes (2009)

● Available for purchase on Prime Video

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic characters of all time, and Robert Downey Jr. brings him to life fantastically in this 2009 mystery adventure. As is always the case with this detective, he and John Watson are searching to uncover a potentially dangerous threat, using clues and their intelligence to work it out.

While there’s a little more action in this movie, the genius of the characters and the manner in which they break things down should feel familiar to Da Vinci Code fans.

6 Zodiac (2007)

● Available on Tubi

This movie is a lot darker in its town due to the nature of the content, focusing on the Zodiac serial killer. Here, a cartoonist ends up becoming engrossed in the case due to his ability to work out the puzzles that the killer is leaving behind.

While it is different in its approach, both movies are intense and firmly focused on the mystery element. With various characters providing their opinions on how to handle things, which is the case on what should be done with the Holy Grail in The Da Vinci Code.

5 Red Dragon (2002)

Will Graham (Edward Norton) talking with Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Red Dragon (2002)

● Available on HBO Max

The focus on symbols and breaking down what they mean is a crucial part of The Da Vinci Code, and that is the same with Red Dragon. This movie is a lot scarier and more serious, leaning more towards the genre of horror, however, it’s a classic thriller story that any kind of mystery fan would enjoy.

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The chase of an FBI Agent attempting to catch a serial killer is similar to how the detectives are desperately seeking Robert and Sophie throughout The Da Vinci Code, and the tense nature of the entire story is gripping to watch as Edward Norton’s take on FBI profiler Will Graham has to work with Anthony Hopkins’ iconic take on the terrifying murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

4 The Game (1997)

● Available on Netflix

When it comes to thrillers, few are as enjoyable as The Game, which will have audiences gripped from the start, much like The Da Vinci Code. This movie follows Nicholas Van Orton, who is given a mysterious voucher for a game on his birthday, setting up a puzzle throughout the movie.

Filled with twists and turns, the story should be of great intrigue to fans of The Da Vinci Code as it’s all about conspiratorial secrecy and a deadly game being played.

3 Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby In Memento

● Available on Prime Video, Tubi, and Pluto TV

Another terrific mystery movie that Da Vinci Code fans are likely to enjoy is Memento, which has a large focus on clues and has its own unique twist in that the order of the scenes plays out backward, chronologically speaking. The lead character here is a little more like Silas than he is Robert Langdon, however. The protagonist is unable to create new long-term memories so he uses notes and tattoos on his own body to remind himself of things each day.

All of the movie’s quirks make it an engrossing murder mystery movie where huge truths are hidden right in front of the audience’s faces the whole time, which is something that Da Vinci Code fans will no doubt enjoy.

2 Gone Girl (2014)

Scene from Gone Girl

● Available on Hulu

Much like The Da Vinci Code, Gone Girl is another book adaptation and one that is filled with mystery and constant surprises that keep people on edge throughout. It’s next to impossible to predict what is going to happen.

Initially, Nick Dunne spends his time worried, trying to find his missing wife. However, it quickly becomes clear there is more at play within this story, with Amy’s vanishing not being what it first appears to be. Da Vinci Code fans will appreciate how every clue in the mystery flips the story upside down.

1 Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones stands before the Grail knight in The Last Crusade

● Available on Showtime

Before The Da Vinci Code movie, the biggest Hollywood adventure about a quest for the Holy Grail was undertaken by none other than the archeologist superhero himself, Indiana Jones. The Last Crusade was the last movie in the character’s original run of movies in the 1980s before returning in the 21st century, and it’s proven to be one of the most influential movies of that decade.

Dr. Jones’ fight against the shadowy forces hunting for the Grail is certainly a lot more rough-and-tumble than Robert Langdon’s but Sean Connery’s inclusion as Indy’s father brings a more Langdon-ish vibe to the epic journey.

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