Awesome / Patriot Games

The novel

  • Jack Ryan's foiling of the assassination attempt in the beginning of the book is acknowledged in-universe.
  • Later, he scares the piss out of the psychopath who's been gunning for him in the whole book, and Sergeant Major Breckenridge gets a CMOA for making sure Jack doesn't cross the Moral Event Horizon.

The film

  • The climactic boat chase at the end of the movie.
  • Ryan singlehandedly disarming Miller and the other terrorists who attack the royal family, taking a bullet in the shoulder for his troubles.
  • Ryan and Robbie picking off the terrorists in Ryan's house in what becomes a game of cat and mouse.
  • Ryan swearing to destroy Paddy O'Neill's IRA right to his face for refusing to aid him in finding the real culprits who attacked his family. In an Irish pub, no less.
  • Ryan's Eureka Moment when Paddy O'Neill presents him with a lead on O'Donnell's girlfriend Annette, who happens to be British. Marty doesn't feel the evidence is reliable until:
    Marty: You tell him you're looking for a woman, he gives you pictures of a woman to indulge you and get him off his back!
    Ryan: ......I never told him I was looking for a girl, Marty.
  • During the final battle at Ryan's home, Cathy knocks out Annette with a shotgun.
  • The CIA launching an attack on the terrorists' camp, all while watching on a satellite feed.