The 1998 movie Ronin is a spy thriller that follows the story of an American and Irish team of mercenaries who are hired to steal a mysterious briefcase from the head of the Russian mafia. The movie is set in Paris, France, and features some of the most exotic cars ever seen on screen.

The film was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgård and Jonathan Pryce.

This impeccably made action movie hides behind the explosions and loud action of Hollywood. Robert De Niro plays an undercover operative on a mission in France. There are numerous plot twists, splendid action sequences, and car chase scenes devoid of special effects. The movie’s name comes from the Japanese word which means “masterless samurai warrior.” In the movie, the term refers to mercenaries who were left without a mission after the Cold War. With its tight direction and cinematography, Ronin set the pace for other successful action films such as Mission: Impossible — Fallout and games such as Alpha Protocol and Burnout.