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End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

End Of Watch (2012)

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, evil, sadism, tragedy, brutality, funeral, marriage, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:south central los angeles, lapd, human trafficking, gang shooting, drive by shooting, handheld camera, police investigation, talking to the camera, looking at the camera, video camera, subjective camera, police shootout, street shootout, police search, los angeles police department, golden gun, medal of valor, family loyalty, felon, police sergeant

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:tragedy, brutality
Story:subjective camera, lapd, profanity, danger, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, camera, los angeles california, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, tragedy, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:south central los angeles, drive by shooting, lowrider, gang violence, street gang, homicide, singing in a car, ak 47, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, police car, shot in the back, running, shooting, arrest, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head

Baby Driver (2017)
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:brutality
Story:subjective camera, police shootout, street shootout, hidden gun, gang member, marijuana joint, lens flare, singing in a car, ak 47, profanity, attempted murder, danger, ambush, police car, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest, written by director, shot in the head

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:drive by shooting, police shootout, street shootout, los angeles police department, police sergeant, lapd, gang violence, pregnant wife, police raid, lens flare, crime scene, danger, ambush, police station, shot in the back, car chase, arrest, camera, los angeles california, punched in the face

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, evil, sadism, brutality
Story:subjective camera, police shootout, shot in the hand, crime scene, killing, severed head, child abuse, weapon, ambush, bound and gagged, shot in the back, shooting, gunfight, arrest, camera, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:lapd, los angeles police department, medal of valor, south central los angeles, lowrider, gang member, street gang, homicide, profanity, child in peril, police car, shooting, gunfight, los angeles california, punched in the face, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter

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

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:sadism, brutality, friendship
Story:drive by shooting, street shootout, hidden gun, marijuana joint, crime scene, ak 47, profanity, pay phone, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, ambush, police car, car chase, gunfight, arrest, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, investigation

The Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:police sergeant, vulgarity, marijuana joint, lens flare, interracial friendship, crime scene, singing in a car, profanity, severed head, weapon, ambush, police station, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:handheld camera, talking to the camera, looking at the camera, video camera, subjective camera, ak 47, danger, child in peril, weapon, shot in the back, running, car chase, gunfight, camera, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, pistol

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. This is why Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:subjective camera, camaraderie, night vision, lens flare, ak 47, attempted murder, child in peril, ambush, shot in the back, running, gunfight, written by director, camera, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Characters:friend
Story:rookie cop, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, dismemberment, pay phone, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, ambush, police car, bound and gagged, police station, shot in the back, car chase, camera, investigation, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death

Predator 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predator 2 (1990)

LAPD lieutenant Mike Harrigan ('Danny Glover' (qv)) and his cocky detective partner Jerry Lambert ('Bill Paxton' (qv)) soon realize that what seemed a bloody feud between voodoo high priest King Willie's ('Calvin Lockhart' (qv)) Jamaican gangs and Ramon Vega's ('Corey Rand' (qv)) Colombian drug gang is actually the work of a scary third party. Peter Keyes's ('Gary Busey' (qv)) federal team shields the crime scene even for the LAPD, but after forensics proves it must be an alien, who keeps making victims, the chase brings them all together. (Read More)

Story:subjective camera, police shootout, street shootout, los angeles police department, rookie cop, payphone, lapd, gang violence, marijuana joint, crime scene, ak 47, pay phone, severed head, weapon, police station, gunfight, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:brutality, funeral, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:police shootout, street shootout, police sergeant, street gang, police raid, crime scene, killing, danger, ambush, police car, bound and gagged, police station, running, shooting, gunfight, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:sadism, tragedy, brutality, funeral
Story:subjective camera, shot in the hand, lens flare, stabbed in the eye, dismemberment, profanity, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, severed head, police car, shot in the back, running, car chase, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:drive by shooting, subjective camera, night vision, vulgarity, profanity, ambush, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

Serbuan Maut (2011) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:rookie cop, bullet proof vest, pregnant wife, police raid, duct tape over mouth, ambush, bound and gagged, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, pregnancy, shootout, pistol

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:evil, sadism, tragedy, brutality, funeral, friendship
Story:subjective camera, police shootout, street shootout, video footage, police raid, heroism, lens flare, duct tape over mouth, crime scene, ak 47, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, ambush, bound and gagged, police station, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest

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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:police shootout, street shootout, crime scene, singing in a car, profanity, danger, ambush, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, shooting, gunfight, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:sadism, brutality
Story:subjective camera, lens flare, crime scene, ak 47, shot in the back, gunfight, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, fight

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. This is why 2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, friendship
Story:subjective camera, camaraderie, lens flare, ak 47, attempted murder, severed head, bound and gagged, police station, shot in the back, car chase, shooting, gunfight, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Rush Hour (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour (1998)

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. (Read More)

Characters:friend
Story:lapd, police shootout, los angeles police department, police raid, interracial friendship, singing in a car, child in peril, ambush, police car, police station, shot in the back, running, gunfight, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, brutality, marriage
Story:gang member, danger, child in peril, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, arrest, written by director, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, pistol, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship

The Green Hornet (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". (Read More)

Themes:brutality, funeral
Story:drive by shooting, subjective camera, heroism, lens flare, stabbed in the eye, interracial friendship, singing in a car, police car, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, evil, sadism, brutality
Story:duct tape over mouth, homicide, pay phone, danger, bound and gagged, shot in the back, shooting, los angeles california, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, pistol, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, gun

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:brutality
Story:hidden gun, attempted murder, danger, ambush, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, death

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)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:police shootout, street shootout, gang violence, singing in a car, pay phone, ambush, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, shooting, gunfight, arrest, camera, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:funeral, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:investigation, talking to the camera, video camera, police shootout, attempted murder, child abuse, ambush, police car, shot in the back, running, car chase, shooting, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

Killing Them Softly (2012) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Crime, Thriller

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Three amateurs stickup a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the hitman hired to track them down and restore order.

Story:drive by shooting, subjective camera, shot in the hand, lens flare, killing, arrest, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, pistol, flashback, murder

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:brutality, marriage
Story:homicide, police shootout, street shootout, payphone, lapd, profanity, pay phone, child in peril, weapon, ambush, gunfight, written by director, los angeles california, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. This is why Scarface (1983) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, evil, sadism, brutality, marriage, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:killing, subjective camera, hidden gun, dismemberment, profanity, pay phone, attempted murder, danger, weapon, shot in the back, shooting, gunfight, arrest, shot in the head, shotgun, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, pistol, title spoken by character

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:evil, brutality, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:crime scene, pay phone, ambush, police station, shot in the back, shooting, gunfight, arrest, written by director, camera, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, pistol

Gamer (2009) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gamer (2009)

Ken Castle is extremely rich, popular and powerful since he invented and started exploiting the virtual online parallel reality games, in which people can either pay as user or be paid as 'actor' in a system of mind-control. The ultimate version, Slayers, fields death row convicts as gladiators in a desperate dim bid for survival, which no-one made yet. The champion, John 'Kable' Tillman, was scheduled to die just before he'ld gain release, but he persuades his teenage 'handler' to hand over the reins so he can fully use his talents and experience. Thus Kable escapes to freedom, only to be chased illegally by Castle's men, yet fights back all the way to his HQ and challenges his evil hidden plans. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Story:bullet proof vest, video footage, lens flare, child in peril, shot in the back, car chase, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, pistol, lesbian kiss, dancing, husband wife relationship, flashback, murder, blood

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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

Themes:brutality, friendship
Story:subjective camera, street shootout, golden gun, interracial friendship, profanity, pay phone, attempted murder, danger, ambush, police car, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Max Payne (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Max Payne (2008)

Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:police shootout, bullet proof vest, dismemberment, ambush, police station, shot in the back, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, lesbian kiss, title spoken by character, death

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. This is why Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:police shootout, hidden gun, marijuana joint, pay phone, weapon, police car, running, car chase, shooting, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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

Themes:evil, brutality, funeral
Story:subjective camera, police shootout, street shootout, rookie cop, police raid, heroism, lens flare, ak 47, danger, child in peril, ambush, bound and gagged, police station, shot in the back, gunfight, written by director, punched in the face, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, brutality, friendship
Story:talking to the camera, looking at the camera, video camera, subjective camera, marijuana joint, lens flare, child in peril, child abuse, police station, shot in the back, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

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.

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:drive by shooting, police shootout, police officer, los angeles police department, police sergeant, police partner, weapon, ambush, police station, gunfight, los angeles california, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol

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)

Themes:brutality
Story:police shootout, vulgarity, marijuana joint, profanity, attempted murder, ambush, police car, police station, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, corpse, beating

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. This is why Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:evil, brutality, funeral, friendship
Story:heroism, lens flare, stabbed in the eye, crime scene, ak 47, child in peril, severed head, police station, shot in the back, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Story:subjective camera, police shootout, police raid, ambush, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, violence

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good.

Themes:marriage
Characters:friend
Story:police shootout, street shootout, house fire, lapd, human trafficking, ak 47, child in peril, weapon, ambush, police station, car chase, gunfight, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, pregnancy, shootout

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:brutality, friendship
Story:subjective camera, duct tape over mouth, ak 47, attempted murder, danger, child in peril, ambush, police car, bound and gagged, shot in the back, car chase, gunfight, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:evil, brutality, friendship
Story:video camera, police shootout, killing, pay phone, attempted murder, severed head, police car, running, gunfight, camera, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. This is why Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, evil, sadism, tragedy, brutality
Story:stabbed in the eye, homicide, killing, dismemberment, pay phone, danger, severed head, shot in the back, running, shooting, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, beating, pistol, title spoken by character, death, violence

S.w.a.t. (2003)
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)

Characters:friend
Story:los angeles police department, police shootout, street shootout, police sergeant, lapd, video footage, police raid, interracial friendship, ak 47, ambush, police car, police station, car chase, shooting, gunfight, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shotgun

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Martin Riggs finally meets his match in the form of Lorna Cole, a beautiful but tough policewoman. Together with Roger Murtaugh, his partner, the three attempt to expose a crooked former policeman and his huge arms racket. The crooked cop (Jack Travis) thwarts them at every turn, mainly by killing anyone who is about to talk, but Murtaugh has personal problems of his own as his family are brought into the equation. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Characters:friend
Story:weapon, police sergeant, rookie cop, lapd, street gang, killing, gunfight, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol

Die Hard 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

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

Themes:sadism, tragedy, brutality
Characters:friend
Story:police shootout, lapd, police raid, stabbed in the eye, danger, weapon, ambush, shot in the back, running, shooting, gunfight, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, police officer, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality, funeral, friendship
Story:subjective camera, interracial friendship, profanity, danger, child in peril, severed head, ambush, shot in the back, written by director, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, death, fight

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