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Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Commando (1985)

A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix' friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix' unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:jungle, motel, elevator, airport, boat, beach
Characters:australian, hitman, warrior, hostage, detective, prostitute
Period:1980s
Story:dictator, exiled dictator, general, assassination attempt, exploding boat, jumping from an airplane, los angeles california, knife in the chest, knife fight, knife throwing, rescue, threatened with a knife, reference to val verde, reference to boy george, false identification, nude black woman, rogue soldier, geofiction, falling off a balcony, twentieth century

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:dictator, assassination attempt, island, knife in the chest, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, seaplane, one liner, car chase, body count, face paint, rocket launcher, exploding building, grenade, uzi, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, general, die hard scenario

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:boat
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, exploding boat, knife fight, dictator, cliff, ex soldier, commando, rocket launcher, exploding building, grenade, uzi, shot in the arm, general, kicked in the face, race against time, hit by a car, exploding car, security guard, impalement, terrorist

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hitman, warrior
Story:assassination attempt, knife fight, threatened with a knife, stabbed in the crotch, car chase, body count, rocket launcher, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, one man army, assassination, anti hero, throat slitting, assassin, shot in the back

Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:airport, beach
Characters:hostage
Story:knife in the chest, knife fight, knife throwing, shot in the side, seaplane, car chase, ex soldier, parking garage, exploding building, head butt, grenade, uzi, flirting, kicked in the face, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, mansion, assassin

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. This is why The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:hitman, warrior, hostage, detective, prostitute
Story:assassination attempt, threatened with a knife, extortion, ex soldier, exploding building, uzi, henchman, die hard scenario, neck breaking, kicked in the face, electrocution, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, security guard, throat slitting, impalement, mansion, assassin, shot in the back

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:assassination attempt, exploding boat, knife fight, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, car chase, faked death, head butt, shot in the arm, race against time, shot in the forehead, impalement, mansion, assassin, shot in the back, dead body, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, jumping from an airplane, threatened with a knife, jailbreak, one liner, car chase, ex soldier, rocket launcher, parking garage, exploding building, head butt, grenade, henchman, kicked in the face, race against time, electrocution, child in peril, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:jungle
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, knife fight, threatened with a knife, car chase, ex soldier, rocket launcher, phone booth, exploding building, head butt, henchman, severed arm, general, neck breaking, kicked in the face, race against time, pay phone, electrocution, shot in the forehead, anti hero, exploding car

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt, knife in the chest, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, body count, rocket launcher, grenade, uzi, machismo, shot in the arm, neck breaking, evil man, shot in the forehead, child in peril, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, assassin, good versus evil

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. This is why The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hitman, warrior, hostage, detective
Story:assassination attempt, los angeles california, threatened with a knife, falling off a balcony, one liner, car chase, jumping through a window, single father, phone booth, overalls, grenade, machismo, single parent, henchman, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, race against time, pay phone, electrocution, shot in the forehead

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hitman, warrior, hostage
Period:1980s
Story:assassination attempt, interrupted sex, car chase, jumping through a window, ex soldier, head butt, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, one man army, assassination, exploding car, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy, rescue

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:jungle
Characters:hitman, warrior, hostage
Story:threatened with a knife, ex soldier, head butt, uzi, severed arm, kicked in the face, evil man, electrocution, one man army, anti hero, impalement, assassin, shot in the back, psychopath, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, gunfight, tough guy, rescue

Red 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, car chase, faked death, grenade, uzi, shot in the arm, general, die hard scenario, kicked in the face, race against time, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, weapon, terrorist, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior
Story:exploding boat, auto theft, car chase, male underwear, rocket launcher, parking garage, faked death, exploding building, head butt, machismo, neck breaking, convertible, race against time, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, terrorist, california, shot in the back, dead body

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. This is why Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, knife throwing, one liner, car chase, jumping through a window, parking garage, faked death, head butt, henchman, kicked in the face, race against time, electrocution, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, terrorist, assassin, hand to hand combat

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, boat
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:threatened with a knife, seaplane, broken neck, famous line, garbage truck, jailbreak, camouflage, car chase, killing spree, jumping through a window, ex soldier, face paint, rocket launcher, parking garage, faked death, exploding building, grenade, uzi, henchman, die hard scenario

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:knife throwing, jumping through a window, parking garage, grenade, henchman, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, child in peril, hit by a car, anti hero, security guard, throat slitting, impalement, axe, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:boat
Characters:warrior, hostage, prostitute
Story:assassination attempt, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, jailbreak, head butt, henchman, shot in the arm, severed arm, general, evil man, child in peril, one man army, anti hero, throat slitting, impalement, axe, good versus evil, shot in the back, island, hand to hand combat

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, boat
Characters:hostage
Story:assassination attempt, exploding boat, knife fight, threatened with a knife, car chase, killing spree, commando, rocket launcher, parking garage, exploding building, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, die hard scenario, general, neck breaking, race against time, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, one man army

Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. This is why Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:terrorist, knife fight, threatened with a knife, garbage truck, body count, one day, commando, rocket launcher, faked death, exploding building, uzi, machismo, shot in the arm, severed arm, general, die hard scenario, neck breaking, evil man, race against time, shot in the forehead

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, boat
Characters:detective, warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, terrorist, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, garbage truck, one liner, interrupted sex, car chase, one day, ex soldier, phone booth, exploding building, head butt, uzi, machismo, henchman, die hard scenario, neck breaking, kicked in the face, evil man

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:threatened with a knife, car chase, one day, commando, rocket launcher, shot in the arm, die hard scenario, kicked in the face, race against time, shot in the forehead, child in peril, hit by a car, impalement, axe, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hostage, warrior, detective
Period:1980s
Story:los angeles california, payphone, famous line, one liner, one day, rocket launcher, machismo, shot in the arm, die hard scenario, neck breaking, kicked in the face, evil man, race against time, pay phone, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, weapon, terrorist

Machete (2010) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, knife in the chest, knife throwing, rescue, threatened with a knife, stabbed in the crotch, body count, jumping through a window, rocket launcher, parking garage, uzi, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, evil man, electrocution, shot in the forehead, hit by a car, one man army

The Expendables 2 (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Barney Ross is approached by CIA man Church, who wants him and his guns for hire to go to the former Soviet Union to retrieve something that was on a plane that crashed. Church doesn't tell him what he is getting. And Church sends a woman, Maggie with him to make sure he gets it. They find the plane and get the thing but some men take one of Barney's people hostage and the leader tells him to give him what they got or he'll kill his hostage. They give it to him but he kills his hostage anyway. Barney asks Maggie what was so important about that thing. She says that it showed the location of a Russian plutonium storage mine. Barney decides to track the man down and deal with him. They track them down and discover that the man they seek is Vilain who leads a group known as The Sangs and that they have taken all the men from the surrounding villages to work the mine. This is why The Expendables 2 (2012) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, revenge
Locations:jungle, airport
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding boat, knife fight, knife throwing, rescue, seaplane, one liner, body count, jumping through a window, commando, rocket launcher, exploding building, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, severed arm, die hard scenario, neck breaking, kicked in the face, evil man, shot in the forehead

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:assassination attempt, garbage truck, jumping through a window, commando, burglary, parking garage, faked death, exploding building, head butt, uzi, henchman, die hard scenario, neck breaking, kicked in the face, evil man, race against time, child in peril, one man army, anti hero, exploding car

From Paris With Love (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hitman, prostitute
Story:assassination attempt, cadillac, car chase, jumping through a window, rocket launcher, parking garage, uzi, neck breaking, race against time, pay phone, shot in the forehead, anti hero, exploding car, weapon, terrorist, assassin, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:motel
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, threatened with a knife, car chase, killing spree, body count, commando, henchman, shot in the arm, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, evil man, race against time, electrocution, shot in the forehead, child in peril, hit by a car, one man army, anti hero, exploding car

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Characters:hitman, hostage, detective
Story:assassination attempt, los angeles california, knife throwing, car chase, uzi, shot in the arm, convertible, kicked in the face, assassination, exploding car, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, airplane

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. This is why Die Hard 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal
Locations:airport, elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:reference to val verde, rogue soldier, famous line, flight attendant, dictator, one day, ex soldier, commando, machismo, general, die hard scenario, kicked in the face, evil man, race against time, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, security guard, weapon, throat slitting

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:jungle
Characters:warrior, hostage
Period:1980s
Story:exploding boat, knife throwing, rescue, threatened with a knife, electric shock, psychotronic, rocket launcher, faked death, uzi, machismo, neck breaking, electrocution, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, weapon, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint

Goldeneye (1995) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:jungle, elevator, airport, boat, beach
Characters:warrior, hostage
Period:1980s
Story:weapon, general, assassin, seaplane, military officer, car chase, sauna, exploding building, head butt, grenade, machismo, die hard scenario, evil man, shot in the forehead, one man army, exploding car, terrorist, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, threatened with a knife, rogue soldier, grenade, race against time, electrocution, one man army, assassination, anti hero, security guard, throat slitting, axe, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, brawl, gunfight, tough guy

Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. (Read More)

Characters:warrior, prostitute
Story:jumping from an airplane, threatened with a knife, one liner, interrupted sex, car chase, jumping through a window, head butt, uzi, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, severed arm, die hard scenario, evil man, pay phone, shot in the forehead, child in peril, one man army, anti hero, shot in the back

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This is why Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage, detective, prostitute
Story:los angeles california, threatened with a knife, garbage truck, car chase, ex soldier, faked death, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, shot in the forehead, exploding car, throat slitting, california, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, brawl, gunfight, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Assassin's Creed (2016) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Period:1980s
Story:knife fight, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, faked death, grenade, henchman, shot in the arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, race against time, electrocution, child in peril, assassination, anti hero, security guard, weapon, throat slitting, impalement, axe, assassin

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, boat, beach
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, los angeles california, knife throwing, faked death, exploding building, grenade, uzi, henchman, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, evil man, shot in the forehead, child in peril, anti hero, impalement, axe, california, assassin, good versus evil, shot in the back

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage
Story:thrown through a wall, shot in the side, breaking through a door, hit and run, car chase, jumping through a window, male underwear, exploding building, head butt, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, pay phone, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, weapon, dead body, held at gunpoint

The Expendables 3 (2014)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:jumping from an airplane, knife fight, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, one liner, car chase, body count, ex soldier, commando, rocket launcher, exploding building, head butt, uzi, die hard scenario, neck breaking, race against time, anti hero, exploding car, throat slitting, mansion

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. This is why Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Period:1980s
Story:knife fight, threatened with a knife, face paint, male underwear, rocket launcher, exploding building, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, electrocution, anti hero, impalement, terrorist, assassin, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:australian, warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, threatened with a knife, war paint, car chase, dictator, rocket launcher, head butt, grenade, uzi, henchman, shot in the arm, die hard scenario, evil man, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, impalement, terrorist, assassin, good versus evil

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:jumping from an airplane, military officer, car chase, jumping through a window, 20th century, commando, rocket launcher, faked death, exploding building, head butt, grenade, shot in the arm, severed arm, general, convertible, electrocution, assassination, exploding car, security guard, weapon

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:knife throwing, threatened with a knife, jumping through a window, ex soldier, head butt, severed arm, neck breaking, kicked in the face, race against time, electrocution, one man army, anti hero, weapon, throat slitting, impalement, good versus evil, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:assassination attempt, jumping from an airplane, assassin, knife fight, car chase, jumping through a window, ex soldier, commando, shopping mall, rocket launcher, faked death, exploding building, head butt, uzi, shot in the arm, die hard scenario, kicked in the face, race against time, electrocution, hit by a car

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. This is why Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:boat, beach
Characters:warrior
Story:island, assassination attempt, threatened with a knife, payphone, jumping through a window, 20th century, phone booth, exploding building, shot in the arm, general, kicked in the face, evil man, race against time, pay phone, electrocution, anti hero, axe, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:knife fight, knife throwing, threatened with a knife, ex soldier, head butt, shot in the arm, severed arm, general, neck breaking, kicked in the face, child in peril, one man army, throat slitting, impalement, axe, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, falling from height

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, revenge
Locations:boat, beach
Characters:warrior
Story:knife throwing, threatened with a knife, stabbed in the crotch, face paint, machismo, severed arm, general, neck breaking, kicked in the face, anti hero, throat slitting, impalement, good versus evil, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, falling from height, brawl, tough guy, rescue

Taken 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like Commando (1985)
Action, Thriller

Taken 3 (2014)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills," to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:assassination attempt, los angeles california, car chase, jumping through a window, parking garage, head butt, grenade, henchman, electrocution, one man army, anti hero, exploding car, security guard, throat slitting, mansion, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Characters:prostitute
Story:knife fight, car chase, jumping through a window, ex soldier, phone booth, grenade, shot in the arm, severed arm, shot in the forehead, one man army, anti hero, security guard, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, tough guy

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