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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by a bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agree not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny finds that there's actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  heist,  unfaithfulness,  celebrity,  theft,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport
Characters:catholic,  transsexual,  thief,  hostage,  policeman,  detective,  doctor,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:bank manager,  bank robber,  detective sergeant,  bank robbery,  diabetic shock,  brooklyn,  asthma attack,  last will and testament,  brooklyn new york city,  media frenzy,  pizza boy,  pizza delivery boy,  bank guard,  pizza delivery,  bank employee,  bank clerk,  bank teller,  heist gone wrong,  male to female transgender,  police sniper,  fbi agent,  bank,  anonymous telephone call,  tv reporter,  robbery gone wrong,  robbery gone awry,  hostage situation,  police detective,  police car,  unhappy marriage,  telephone call,  transgendered character,  bisexual lead character,  sex change operation,  delivery guy,  cops and robbers,  air conditioning,  bisexual interest,  frantic,  demands,  gay liberation,  gay lover,  asking for forgiveness,  dimwit,  body search,  attica,  botched crime,  malapropism,  anchorman,  bisexual male,  gun shot,  tarmac,  no music,  cry,  suicide pact,  bullhorn,  bisexual man,  sweating,  tv camera,  based on article,  diabetic,  will,  stockholm syndrome,  vietnam war veteran,  protestor,  delivery boy,  famous line,  barbershop,  diabetes,  nervousness,  gurney,  banker,  based on real events,  asthma,  cameraman,  true crime,  robber,  gay man,  sidekick,  crowd,  smoke,  activist,  gunfire,  gay father,  siege,  one day,  gay parent,  mob,  blockbuster,  media,  sergeant,  demonstration,  fainting,  what happened to epilogue,  cop,  tv news,  black american,  pizza,  handgun,  threat,  transgender,  fbi,  protest,  smoking,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  apology,  security guard,  suicide attempt,  new york,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  revolver,  prayer,  dead body,  animal in title,  reference to god,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  helicopter,  car,  crying,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  african american,  gay interest,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  interview,  gun

Inside Man (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inside Man (2006)

From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell? (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  detective
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  bank employee,  hostage situation,  police detective,  police car,  telephone call,  banker,  robber,  smoke,  siege,  cop,  pizza,  threat,  bank,  new york,  telephone,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  car,  new york city,  african american,  gun,  police

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The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:policeman
Period:1970s
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  media frenzy,  bank teller,  fbi agent,  tv reporter,  telephone call,  demonstration,  tv news,  black american,  bank,  fbi,  protest,  security guard,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  arrest,  helicopter,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police

Taxi (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Taxi (1998)

In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Characters:policeman
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  pizza delivery boy,  pizza delivery,  police detective,  police car,  delivery boy,  pizza,  bank,  arrest,  police officer,  car,  fire,  pistol,  mother son relationship,  police

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  robbery,  infidelity
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  hostage,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:bank robbery,  police car,  telephone call,  protestor,  nervousness,  gurney,  banker,  activist,  gunfire,  media,  tv news,  threat,  protest,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  crying,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  police,  gun,  interview

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Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. This is why Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  bank teller,  bank manager,  bank,  police detective,  police car,  gun shot,  robber,  gunfire,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  security guard,  f word,  revolver,  reference to god,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  fire,  pistol,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  police

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  infidelity
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:bank teller,  fbi agent,  police car,  tarmac,  blockbuster,  what happened to epilogue,  handgun,  bank,  fbi,  security guard,  f word,  revolver,  prayer,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  airplane,  police officer,  black comedy,  car,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:policeman,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:brooklyn new york city,  media frenzy,  barbershop,  mob,  media,  threat,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  based on true story,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  gun,  police

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Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:thief
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  pizza delivery boy,  pizza delivery,  bank teller,  heist gone wrong,  robbery gone wrong,  robbery gone awry,  police car,  robber,  pizza,  handgun,  bank,  shot in the forehead,  security guard,  gay slur,  f word,  revolver,  arrest,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  helicopter,  car,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  police,  gun

30 Minutes Or Less (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime

30 Minutes Or Less (2011)

The not so smart Dwayne intends to open a massage parlor with his partner Travis, but he does not have money for the investment. He decides to hire a hit-man to kill his father, The Major, who won a large amount of money in the lottery years ago, but the killer demands US$ 100,000 for the job. Dwayne and Travis kidnap the pizza delivery boy Nick and they dress Nick in a vest with a timer and several bombs. Then Dwayne tells Nick that he has ten hours to rob US$ 100,000 from a bank. Once he does, he would give Nick the code to release the vest. Nick summons his best friend Chet to help him in the heist but the scheme does not work the way Dwayne has plotted. (Read More)

Themes:heist
Story:bank robbery,  pizza delivery boy,  pizza delivery,  heist gone wrong,  demands,  delivery boy,  pizza,  threat,  bank,  shooting,  black comedy,  car,  pistol,  father son relationship,  gun

Blue Streak (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Blue Streak (1999)

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his diamond, he poses as an L.A.P.D. detective... This is why Blue Streak (1999) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  detective,  policeman
Story:pizza delivery boy,  fbi agent,  police detective,  police car,  gun shot,  robber,  smoke,  cop,  threat,  fbi,  security guard,  revolver,  arrest,  police officer,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  police

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Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Characters:hostage,  policeman,  doctor
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  robber,  fbi agent,  bank,  fbi,  police car,  telephone call,  what happened to epilogue,  black american,  handgun,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  police officer,  car,  crying,  based on true story,  pistol,  african american,  police,  gun

Chaos (2005) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Themes:heist
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  detective,  policeman
Story:bank robbery,  fbi agent,  bank,  hostage situation,  police detective,  demands,  cop,  fbi,  sniper,  security guard,  revolver,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  car,  pistol,  police

Heat (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat (1995)

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  heist,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport
Characters:detective,  thief,  hostage,  policeman,  doctor
Story:bank robbery,  heist gone wrong,  police detective,  bank,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  security guard,  suicide attempt,  f word,  telephone,  extramarital affair,  airplane,  car,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  police

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The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery
Characters:catholic,  thief,  policeman,  detective,  homosexual
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  tv reporter,  telephone call,  mob,  tv news,  black american,  pizza,  handgun,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police,  gun

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. This is why Heist (2001) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery,  infidelity
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:tarmac,  gunfire,  fbi,  security guard,  f word,  revolver,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  gun

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:thief
Story:bank robbery,  heist gone wrong,  police detective,  attica,  bank,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  security guard,  arrest,  airplane,  police officer,  helicopter,  car,  pistol,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police

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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:heist,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:cop,  fbi agent,  police detective,  demands,  stockholm syndrome,  famous line,  cameraman,  one day,  blockbuster,  bank,  fbi,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  reporter,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  helicopter,  pistol,  police,  gun

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  marriage
Characters:hostage,  doctor
Story:police car,  telephone call,  air conditioning,  demonstration,  tv news,  sniper,  security guard,  reporter,  prayer,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  helicopter,  crying,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  gun

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  detective
Story:bank robbery,  mob,  police detective,  police car,  sergeant,  bank,  fbi,  protest,  shot in the forehead,  security guard,  f word,  revolver,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  police officer,  helicopter,  car,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Derailed (2005) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. This is why Derailed (2005) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  unfaithfulness,  theft,  robbery,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:police detective,  police car,  telephone call,  demands,  body search,  diabetic,  diabetes,  threat,  security guard,  dead body,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  shot in the head,  pistol,  african american,  police,  husband wife relationship,  gun

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  detective
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  brooklyn new york city,  police detective,  police car,  robber,  bank,  security guard,  f word,  telephone,  revolver,  arrest,  police officer,  black comedy,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  police

Out Of Sight (1998)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Out Of Sight (1998)

A career bank robber busts out of jail (Clooney) with the help of his buddy (Rhames) and kidnaps a US Marshal (Lopez) in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big scam, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Locations:airport
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  robber,  fbi agent,  bank,  police car,  fbi,  f word,  revolver,  arrest,  shot in the head,  pistol

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:heist,  celebrity,  theft,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  hostage,  policeman,  detective
Story:police detective,  telephone call,  cameraman,  media,  tv news,  f word,  reporter,  dead body,  arrest,  fire,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  interview,  police

The Lookout (2007) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Lookout (2007)

An admired high school hockey player with a bright future foolishly takes a drive in the night with his girlfriend and two other friends with his headlights off with devastating results. The former athlete is left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering many things for extended periods of time. To compensate, he keeps notes in a small notebook to aid him in remembering what he is to do. He also lives with a blind friend who aids him. Obviously, with the mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader befriends him and gets him involved with a young woman who further reels him in. After they get close and after reeling him in with his own failures, the bank plan unfolds. Confused but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the robbery, which of course immediately goes awry. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  policeman
Story:bank robbery,  asthma attack,  bank teller,  heist gone wrong,  bank,  robbery gone awry,  telephone call,  asthma,  rifle,  shot in the head,  police officer,  helicopter,  crying,  pistol,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun

The Interpreter (2005)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. This is why The Interpreter (2005) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:airport
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:brooklyn new york city,  fbi agent,  telephone call,  gurney,  demonstration,  tv news,  threat,  fbi,  protest,  sniper,  security guard,  dead body,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  pistol,  new york city,  gun,  police

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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)

Characters:hostage,  policeman,  detective,  doctor
Story:fbi agent,  police detective,  police car,  based on real events,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  pizza,  fbi,  sniper,  security guard,  f word,  arrest,  police officer,  black comedy,  helicopter,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  police,  gun

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:tv reporter,  telephone call,  cameraman,  sergeant,  tv news,  black american,  fbi,  sniper,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  rifle,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  helicopter,  pistol,  african american,  gun

S.w.a.t. (2003) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

S.w.a.t. (2003)

Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  policeman
Story:bank robbery,  bank robber,  fbi agent,  bank,  police car,  cameraman,  siege,  sergeant,  cop,  tv news,  fbi,  sniper,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  police officer,  helicopter,  pistol,  african american,  police,  gun

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Bandidas (2006)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:thief,  detective
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  heist gone wrong,  police detective,  banker,  robber,  bank,  revolver,  rifle,  arrest,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  fire,  pistol,  new york city,  gun

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  theft,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:brooklyn new york city,  media frenzy,  fbi agent,  police car,  telephone call,  air conditioning,  banker,  media,  bank,  fbi,  apology,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  animal in title,  reference to god,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  airplane,  police officer,  black comedy,  helicopter,  based on true story,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  interview,  gun

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage
Story:bank robbery,  fbi agent,  police car,  bank,  fbi,  sniper,  f word,  revolver,  arrest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  police

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:marriage
Locations:airport
Characters:catholic,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:police car,  telephone call,  nervousness,  what happened to epilogue,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  prayer,  reference to god,  police officer,  crying,  based on true story,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  interview,  gun,  police

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)

Themes:theft,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:anonymous telephone call,  police detective,  telephone call,  true crime,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  fbi,  reporter,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  helicopter,  based on true story,  pistol,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  interview

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  robbery,  adultery,  infidelity,  marriage
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  detective
Story:media frenzy,  media,  police detective,  police car,  telephone call,  crowd,  tv news,  fbi,  reporter,  telephone,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  police officer,  car,  crying,  new york city,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  interview

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Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter. The gang's life changes after the first fatal shot is fired. Following, their willingness to shoot to kill increases to protect themselves and their livelihood. Their notoriety precedes them, so much so that no matter what one's opinion is of them, most want to have some association to the Barrow gang, to help them, to be spoken in the same breath as them, or to capture and or kill them. Of the many people they encounter in their crime spree, the one who may have the most profound effect on their lives is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who is looking for a little retribution. This is why Bonnie And Clyde (1967) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  marriage
Characters:thief,  hostage,  policeman
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  bank,  police car,  telephone call,  cops and robbers,  delivery boy,  true crime,  robber,  gunfire,  black american,  security guard,  revolver,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  car,  crying,  based on true story,  pistol,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  police

Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:theft,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:delivery boy,  gurney,  gunfire,  mob,  shot in the forehead,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  gun

The Pink Panther (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  celebrity,  theft,  robbery
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  policeman
Story:police car,  crowd,  fainting,  sniper,  new york,  reporter,  revolver,  shot in the head,  police officer,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  new york city,  gun,  police,  interview

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:theft
Locations:airport
Characters:doctor
Story:last will and testament,  telephone call,  demonstration,  what happened to epilogue,  tv news,  protest,  apology,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  crying,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  theft,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  policeman
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  heist gone wrong,  police car,  telephone call,  barbershop,  robber,  cop,  threat,  bank,  shot in the forehead,  f word,  telephone,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  fire,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police

The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. This is why The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:theft
Locations:airport
Characters:thief,  policeman,  doctor
Story:bank robber,  bank robbery,  bank clerk,  police car,  bank,  sniper,  suicide attempt,  rifle,  shooting,  helicopter,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  interview,  police

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Bandits (2001)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Bandits (2001)

Two convicts, one charismatic (Willis) and the other a hypochondriac (Thornton), break out of prison and immediately start a bank robbing spree, kidnapping bank managers, spending the night with their families, then going with the managers in the morning to rob the banks. Using a dim-witted stunt man as their getaway driver and lookout, the three successfully pull off several jobs (even gaining the attention of a television show about American criminals), and become known as "The Sleepover Bandits." Things are going great until the bank managers begin to realize that the robbers are non-violent and therefore no threat to them or their employees, changing the game for the Bandits. To add to the complications, a bored & unhappy housewife (Blanchett) ends up in the hands of the criminals, and begins to have romantic feelings for both Willis and Thornton, causing a sticky love triangle. (Read More)

Themes:heist
Characters:hostage
Story:bank robbery,  bank manager,  heist gone wrong,  police car,  unhappy marriage,  stockholm syndrome,  nervousness,  gunfire,  fainting,  threat,  bank,  helicopter,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  police

The Town (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Town (2010)

The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include friends Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan and Desmond Elden. Doug and James in particular treat each other like family, as the Coughlins have realistically been as such to Doug since Doug's mother ran off and Doug's father, Stephen MacRay, was sent to prison. James' single mother sister, the drugged out Krista Coughlin, and Doug have a casual sexual relationship. The foursome carry out a mostly successful bank robbery, but due to circumstances take the bank manager, Claire Keesey, hostage for a short period before releasing her physically unharmed. They find out that Claire lives in Charlestown, so they want to ensure that she did not see anything that could incriminate them if they were to ever run into her. As such, Doug begins a personal relationship with her to find out what she knows and what she's told the police and the FBI, who have taken charge of the investigation. He learns that she has kept some information from the authorities for her own protection but information that could identify James in particular. But Doug slowly falls for her, as she does for him. Ultimately, Doug dreams about leaving his Charlestown life to be with Claire anywhere but there. But Doug has to try and keep his true identity from her, and keep the fact that he is seeing her from his colleagues. But leaving is not as easy as he would like as he and the gang are tasked with a big job by a local gangster named Fergie whether Doug likes it or not. And Adam Frawley, the FBI's lead investigator, comes into evidence that links the foursome to the bank robbery and a subsequent armored car heist, so is on their tail for evidence that will send them away dead or alive. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery
Characters:hostage
Story:bank manager,  bank robber,  bank,  fbi,  bank robbery,  heist gone wrong,  fbi agent,  robbery gone awry,  threat,  shot in the forehead,  f word,  shot in the head,  car,  pistol,  father son relationship,  police

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Characters:hostage,  detective,  doctor
Story:fbi agent,  cop,  fbi,  police detective,  police car,  gurney,  shot in the forehead,  f word,  revolver,  dead body,  arrest,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police

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The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
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:heist,  robbery
Characters:thief,  hostage,  detective,  doctor
Story:bank robber,  mob,  bank robbery,  bank manager,  police detective,  famous line,  banker,  robber,  blockbuster,  threat,  bank,  sniper,  security guard,  reporter,  revolver,  rifle,  arrest,  airplane,  police officer,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  police,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  interview

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009)

In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this? This is why The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  infidelity
Characters:catholic,  hostage
Story:demands,  brooklyn new york city,  police sniper,  hostage situation,  car,  one day,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  shooting,  helicopter,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  police

Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  robbery,  marriage
Characters:thief,  policeman,  detective
Story:cop,  police detective,  police car,  telephone call,  body search,  one day,  black american,  fbi,  dead body,  shooting,  police officer,  car,  fire,  pistol,  african american,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun

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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Themes:heist,  unfaithfulness,  robbery,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:thief,  doctor
Story:heist gone wrong,  police detective,  unhappy marriage,  telephone call,  gurney,  pizza,  gay slur,  extramarital affair,  shot in the head,  police officer,  pistol,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  police

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Characters:catholic
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  mob,  demands,  true crime,  what happened to epilogue,  shot in the forehead,  gay slur,  f word,  reporter,  revolver,  rifle,  arrest,  shot in the head,  police officer,  black comedy,  based on true story,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Characters:hostage,  detective
Story:police detective,  siege,  one day,  mob,  sergeant,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  f word,  telephone,  shot in the head,  police officer,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  police

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