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Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Dirty Harry (1971)

In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:sniper,  dirty harry,  sadistic psychopath,  murder investigation,  smith and wesson .44 magnum revolver,  hijacked bus,  .44 magnum,  breaking the rules,  cop on the edge,  police protagonist,  zodiac killer,  professional hit,  child in danger,  sociologist,  rogue cop,  police procedural,  golden gate bridge,  maverick cop,  district attorney,  hired killer,  vietnam veteran,  poetic justice,  manhunt,  pump action shotgun,  maniac,  vigilante,  bank robbery,  san francisco california,  widower,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

Sudden Impact (1983)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Sudden Impact (1983)

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. (Read More)

Story:dirty harry,  .44 magnum,  cop on the edge,  golden gate bridge,  maverick cop,  vigilante,  san francisco california,  one man army,  disarming someone,  psychopath,  serial killer,  police,  violence

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The Dark Knight (2008)
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:corruption
Story:district attorney,  vigilante,  sadistic psychopath,  police procedural,  maniac,  bank robbery,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  police,  violence

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Story:murder investigation,  zodiac killer,  sociologist,  golden gate bridge,  hired killer,  manhunt,  maniac,  san francisco california,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

Magnum Force (1973) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Magnum Force (1973)

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:vigilante,  murder investigation,  smith and wesson .44 magnum revolver,  dirty harry,  cop on the edge,  rogue cop,  police procedural,  golden gate bridge,  district attorney,  vietnam veteran,  san francisco california,  investigation,  police,  violence

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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. This is why Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:professional hit,  hired killer,  pump action shotgun,  maniac,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Story:hired killer,  manhunt,  widower,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  violence

War (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

War (2007)

After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed. (Read More)

Story:pump action shotgun,  san francisco california,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  violence

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Se7en (1995) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Se7en (1995)

A film about two homicide detectives' ('Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and ('Brad Pitt' (qv) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" ('Kevin Spacey' (qv)) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer... (Read More)

Story:sadistic psychopath,  serial killer,  murder investigation,  police protagonist,  district attorney,  maniac,  psychopath,  investigation,  violence,  police

Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship.

Story:cop on the edge,  police protagonist,  police procedural,  maverick cop,  vietnam veteran,  pump action shotgun,  widower,  sniper,  investigation,  police,  violence

Catwoman (2004)
Action, Crime

Catwoman (2004)

Catwoman is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips, a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line between good and bad. Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone, a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city. This is why Catwoman (2004) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Story:poetic justice,  pump action shotgun,  vigilante,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  investigation,  police

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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:corruption
Story:poetic justice,  pump action shotgun,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  violence

Quantum Of Solace (2008) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:pump action shotgun,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  violence

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption
Story:maverick cop,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  police,  violence

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Jfk (1991)
Drama, History, Thriller

Jfk (1991)

On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:district attorney,  assassination,  investigation

The Dead Pool (1988)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Dead Pool (1988)

Harry Callahan - or Dirty Harry as he is known from the previous four movies in this series - is investigating a strange betting game. A list of local celebrities has been handed out, and bets are being taken on who will be the first to die. Things start to get interesting when the name 'Harry Callahan' appears on the list. This is why The Dead Pool (1988) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Story:dirty harry,  police procedural,  maverick cop,  hired killer,  pump action shotgun,  san francisco california,  one man army,  mixed martial arts,  serial killer,  violence,  police

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:corruption
Story:maverick cop,  pump action shotgun,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  psychopath,  investigation,  violence,  police

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Story:police protagonist,  professional hit,  police procedural,  maverick cop,  pump action shotgun,  disarming someone,  investigation,  police,  violence

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Story:murder investigation,  manhunt,  sniper,  disarming someone,  investigation,  violence,  police

Colombiana (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Colombiana (2011)

A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target - the mobster responsible for her parents' death. (Read More)

Story:vigilante,  sniper,  mixed martial arts,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Story:manhunt,  pump action shotgun,  vigilante,  one man army,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  police,  violence

Raw Deal (1986)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Raw Deal (1986)

Mark Kaminski is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Luigi Patrovita, enlists Kaminski in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovita is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminski must go undercover and join Patrovita's gang. (Read More)

Story:poetic justice,  pump action shotgun,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  police,  violence

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Story:poetic justice,  vigilante,  widower,  one man army,  disarming someone,  psychopath,  investigation,  police,  violence

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The Hitcher (1986)
Thriller

The Hitcher (1986)

A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress.

Story:manhunt,  maniac,  psychopath,  serial killer,  police,  violence

Taking Lives (2004) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Story:murder investigation,  serial killer,  poetic justice,  maniac,  disarming someone,  psychopath,  investigation,  police

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. This is why Jack Reacher (2012) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Story:sniper,  murder investigation,  district attorney,  vigilante,  one man army,  investigation,  police,  violence

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Gone (2012)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone (2012)

When her sister disappears, Jill is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.

Story:poetic justice,  manhunt,  vigilante,  serial killer,  police,  violence

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:police protagonist,  rogue cop,  police procedural,  district attorney,  police,  violence

The Hunted (2003) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Hunted (2003)

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as they go into their final combat against each other, neither can say with certainty who is the hunted and who is the hunter. (Read More)

Story:sadistic psychopath,  manhunt,  maniac,  sniper,  one man army,  psychopath,  serial killer,  violence

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Copycat (1995)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Copycat (1995)

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder? (Read More)

Story:murder investigation,  serial killer,  maniac,  san francisco california,  psychopath,  investigation,  police,  violence

Untraceable (2008)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Untraceable (2008)

A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are - both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an "untraceable" website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies. This is why Untraceable (2008) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Story:murder investigation,  poetic justice,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

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)

Story:police protagonist,  maverick cop,  sniper,  disarming someone,  assassination,  police,  violence

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. (Read More)

Story:sadistic psychopath,  serial killer,  murder investigation,  psychopath,  maniac,  good versus evil,  investigation,  violence,  police

The Phantom (1996)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Phantom (1996)

Four hundred years ago, a young boy witnessed his father's death during an attack on their ship by the bloodthirsty Sengh Brotherhood. He was washed ashore on Bengalla Island where he swore to devote his life to bring down piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice. He became The Phantom, a masked avenger whose role was passed down for father to son, leading people to believe in an immortal figure called "The Ghost Who Walks". The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York City to prevent a power-hungry businessman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power. (Read More)

Story:poetic justice,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  violence

Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Street Kings (2008)

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:murder investigation,  widower,  investigation,  violence,  police

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Essentially a prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's earlier TV series "Twin Peaks". The first half-hour or so concerns the investigation by FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) into the murder of night-shift waitress Teresa Banks in the small Washington state town of Deer Meadow. When Desmond finds a mysterious clue to the murder, he inexplicably disappears. The film then cuts to one year later in the nearby town of Twin Peaks and follows the events during the last week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) a troubled teenage girl with two boyfriends; the hot-tempered rebel Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and quiet biker James Hurley (James Marshall), her drug addiction, and her relationship with her difficult (and possible schizophrenic) father Leland (Ray Wise), a story in which her violent murder was later to motivate much of the TV series. Contains a considerable amount of sex, drugs, violence, very loud music and inexplicable imagery. This is why Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:murder investigation,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  police,  violence

A View To A Kill (1985) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

A View To A Kill (1985)

James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the USSR with a computer chip. This chip is capable of withstanding a nuclear electromagnetic pulse that would otherwise destroy a normal chip. The chip was created by Zorin Industries, and Bond heads off to investigate its owner, Max Zorin. Zorin may only seem like a innocent guilty man, but is really planning to set off an earthquake in San Andreas which will wipe out all of Silicon Valley. As well as Zorin, Bond must also tackle May Day and equally menacing companion of Zorin, whilst dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. (Read More)

Story:golden gate bridge,  poetic justice,  pump action shotgun,  san francisco california,  one man army,  disarming someone,  investigation,  violence,  police

Machete (2010)
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:corruption
Story:hired killer,  poetic justice,  vigilante,  sniper,  one man army,  assassination,  psychopath,  investigation,  violence,  police

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Judge Dredd (1995)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Judge Dredd (1995)

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:maniac,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  police

Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Story:widower,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  police,  violence

Demolition Man (1993) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Demolition Man (1993)

Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about. This is why Demolition Man (1993) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Story:breaking the rules,  rogue cop,  maverick cop,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  police,  violence

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Black Rain (1989)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Black Rain (1989)

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way. (Read More)

Story:police protagonist,  pump action shotgun,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  psychopath,  police,  violence

Alex Cross (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Story:hired killer,  widower,  sniper,  assassination,  psychopath,  serial killer,  police,  violence

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)
Horror, Thriller

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part Vi (1986)

Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life. Now it's up to Tommy to stop Jason's mindless killing and put him back where he belongs.

Story:sadistic psychopath,  maniac,  psychopath,  serial killer,  violence,  police

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The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

Story:murder investigation,  maniac,  widower,  sniper,  assassination,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  police

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? This is why Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971). (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:hired killer,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  mixed martial arts,  investigation,  violence,  police

Blade II (2002)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade II (2002)

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler (Yes, he's back) and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations. (Read More)

Story:poetic justice,  vigilante,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  violence

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Wasabi (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wasabi (2001)

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his girlfriend who left him shortly after marriage without a trace. There he mets his former colleague Momo and his daughter Yumi who he did not know was ever born. Hubert eventually finds out why his girlfriend left him and the reason becomes his and his new daughters problem. (Read More)

Story:rogue cop,  maverick cop,  bank robbery,  disarming someone,  violence,  police

Robocop 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like Dirty Harry (1971)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Robocop 2 (1990)

After a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement unit, OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer and closer, but as this develops, a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delirious leader Cane. As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first unit, but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues... until Dr. Faxx, a scientist straying away from OCP's path, uses Cane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:rogue cop,  maverick cop,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mixed martial arts,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  police,  violence

In The Line Of Fire (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In The Line Of Fire (1993)

Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the president because Leary feels betrayed by the government -- Leary was removed from the CIA, and the CIA is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty, working with fellow secret service agent Lilly Raines. Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent refuses to alter the President's itinerary, while Horrigan's boss, Secret Service Director Sam Campagna, is supportive of Horrigan. As the election gets closer, Horrigan begins to doubt his own abilities, especially when Horrigan's colleague Al D'Andrea is killed by Leary. But Horrigan may be the only one who can stop Leary. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:maniac,  sniper,  one man army,  disarming someone,  assassination,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  investigation,  serial killer,  violence

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