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Face/off (1997)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Face/off (1997)

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent, is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy and a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk. The solution, a special operation doctor that can cut off people's faces, and can place a person's face onto another person. Archer undergoes one of those surgeries to talk to Pollux. However, Castor Troy somehow regains consciousness and now wants revenge on Archer for taking his face. Not only is Troy ruining Archer's mission, but his personal life as well. Archer must stop Troy again. This time, it's personal. (Read More)

Themes:regret, guilt, tragedy, terrorism, brutality, deception, funeral, infidelity, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, church, beach, hospital
Characters:warrior, doctor, boy
Period:1990s
Story:face, terrorist, bomb, fbi, face transplant, bandaged face, severed face, face ripped off, disfigured face, gash in the face, waking up from a coma, shootout in a church, body transformation, coma, fbi agent, terrorist group, terrorist plot, counter terrorism, domestic terrorism, criminal gang

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:brutality, deception, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:punched in the face, action hero, gun duel, shot in the foot, bullet ballet, shot in the neck, stabbed in the leg, dual wield, gun fu, looking at oneself in a mirror, self mutilation, stylized violence, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, one man army

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

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, maximum security prison, prison escape, prison guard, action hero, boat chase, exploding boat, face, falling to death, dual wield, gun fu, mexican standoff, self mutilation, burned alive, stylized violence, sniper rifle, shot in the arm, opening action scene

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:terrorism, brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:face, terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, prison escape, prison guard, pistol whip, action hero, thrown through a window, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, scene during opening credits, sociopath, sniper rifle, scar, opening action scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

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

Themes:brutality, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Period:1990s
Story:face, action hero, burned with a cigarette, shot in the neck, gun battle, dual wield, gun fu, stylized violence, machismo, shot in the arm, opening action scene, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, shot in the leg, child in peril, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, drug dealer, good versus evil

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

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. This is why Red 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, church
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, private jet, shot in the foot, timebomb, drugged drink, undercover agent, dual wield, gun fu, swat team, stylized violence, sniper rifle, shot in the arm, race against time, fbi, shot in the leg, mixed martial arts

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:brutality, deception
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:fbi agent, punched in the face, action hero, shot in the neck, impersonating a police officer, wedding ring, murder of a police officer, sociopath, burned alive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, fbi, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

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

Themes:terrorism
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, police shootout, action hero, exploding boat, female gunfighter, timebomb, undercover agent, mexican standoff, swat team, mass murder, blockbuster, sniper rifle, machismo, death of brother, scar, opening action scene, race against time, fbi, one man army

Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport
Story:punched in the face, pistol whip, exploding boat, private jet, timebomb, drugged drink, undercover agent, dual wield, mexican standoff, stylized violence, shot in the arm, opening action scene, race against time, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, mixed martial arts, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back, interrogation

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:punched in the face, action hero, severed ear, doppelganger, bullet time, stabbed in the leg, dual wield, blockbuster, scene during opening credits, burned alive, stylized violence, shot in the arm, scar, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, transformation, child in peril, one man army, disarming someone

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

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. This is why Shoot 'em Up (2007) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, shot in the ear, severed ear, gun duel, shot in the foot, bullet ballet, bullet time, falling to death, jumping through a window, gun battle, dual wield, gun fu, switchblade, mexican standoff, stylized violence, sniper rifle, machismo, death of son

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:tragedy, terrorism, brutality, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:criminal, disfigured face, gash in the face, hero, terrorist plot, domestic terrorism, punched in the face, prison escape, prison guard, police shootout, action hero, face, private jet, timebomb, drugged drink, jumping through a window, thrown through a window, swat team, mass murder, blockbuster

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, infidelity, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:bandaged face, gash in the face, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, plastic surgery, jumping through a window, thrown through a window, stabbed in the leg, kicked in the crotch, dual wield, switchblade, murder of a police officer, looking at oneself in a mirror, self mutilation, burned alive, stylized violence, scar, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

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

Themes:terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior
Story:gash in the face, fbi agent, terrorist group, terrorist plot, police shootout, pistol whip, action hero, woman punching a man, vendetta, face, gun duel, bullet ballet, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, death of brother, race against time

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:terrorism, brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist plot, punched in the face, action hero, golden gun, undercover agent, dual wield, gun fu, looking at oneself in a mirror, sociopath, stylized violence, tragic event, scar, opening action scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, news report, disarming someone

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, brutality, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hospital
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, prison escape, prison guard, police shootout, pistol whip, action hero, shooting a police officer, timebomb, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, swat team, blockbuster, looking at oneself in a mirror, sociopath, stylized violence, sniper rifle, death of child, tragic event

Non-stop (2014) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:terrorist plot, punched in the face, terrorist, airplane crash, police shootout, pistol whip, action hero, kicked in the chest, timebomb, stabbed in the leg, sociopath, burned alive, scar, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report, child in peril, one man army, mixed martial arts

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

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

Themes:deception, kidnapping
Locations:airport, beach, hospital
Story:fbi agent, punched in the face, airplane crash, action hero, woman punching a man, man punching a woman, drugged drink, swat team, character repeating someone else's dialogue, fbi, shot in the leg, news report, one man army, disarming someone, disguise, foot chase, interrogation, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, showdown

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

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

Themes:tragedy, terrorism, brutality, deception
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, church
Characters:warrior
Period:1990s
Story:gash in the face, terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, drug dealer, airplane crash, police shootout, action hero, gun duel, bullet ballet, bullet time, thrown through a window, kicked in the crotch, gun fu, swat team, blockbuster, mass murder, sociopath, machismo, race against time

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

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

Themes:brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:disfigured face, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, drugged drink, jumping through a window, kicked in the crotch, death of son, shot in the arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, one man army, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy

The Expendables 2 (2012) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Barney Ross is approached by CIA man Church, who wants him and his guns for hire to go to the former Soviet Union to retrieve something that was on a plane that crashed. Church doesn't tell him what he is getting. And Church sends a woman, Maggie with him to make sure he gets it. They find the plane and get the thing but some men take one of Barney's people hostage and the leader tells him to give him what they got or he'll kill his hostage. They give it to him but he kills his hostage anyway. Barney asks Maggie what was so important about that thing. She says that it showed the location of a Russian plutonium storage mine. Barney decides to track the man down and deal with him. They track them down and discover that the man they seek is Vilain who leads a group known as The Sangs and that they have taken all the men from the surrounding villages to work the mine. This is why The Expendables 2 (2012) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, funeral, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church, airport
Story:gash in the face, terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, boat chase, exploding boat, bullet ballet, shot in the neck, jumping through a window, stabbed in the leg, kicked in the crotch, gun battle, dual wield, gun fu, mexican standoff, stylized violence, sniper rifle, machismo

Death Race (2008)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Death Race (2008)

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:gash in the face, punched in the face, escape from prison, prison guard, action hero, stabbed in the leg, swat team, self mutilation, burned alive, machismo, opening action scene, shot in the leg, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, hand to hand combat, bomb, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy

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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:boy
Period:1990s
Story:punched in the face, prison escape, prison guard, police shootout, villain played by lead actor, bullet time, wedding ring, black and white scene, dual wield, mexican standoff, mass murder, scene during opening credits, looking at oneself in a mirror, self mutilation, sociopath, burned alive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, news report

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

Total Recall (2012)

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

Themes:deception
Story:punched in the face, police shootout, action hero, undercover agent, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, swat team, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the arm, scar, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, news report, one man army, mixed martial arts, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back

Rush Hour (1998) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
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)

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior
Period:1990s
Story:fbi, fbi agent, punched in the face, prison guard, police shootout, action hero, impersonating a police officer, dual wield, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, stylized violence, machismo, opening action scene, child in peril, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. This is why Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, tragedy, terrorism, deception, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist, gash in the face, terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, action hero, kicked in the chest, shooting a police officer, shot in the foot, man punching a woman, stabbed in the leg, murder of a police officer, swat team, shot in the stomach, stylized violence, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue

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

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

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

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:punched in the face, airplane crash, action hero, female gunfighter, timebomb, bullet time, dual wield, gun fu, mexican standoff, stylized violence, shot in the arm, race against time, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, child in peril, mixed martial arts, foot chase, shot in the back, interrogation, hand to hand combat

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:gash in the face, punched in the face, woman punching a man, stabbed in the leg, kicked in the crotch, dual wield, switchblade, murder of a police officer, scene during opening credits, sociopath, stylized violence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the leg, news report, child in peril, mixed martial arts, disguise, foot chase, shot in the back

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

A young man named Eggsy whose father died when he was a young boy, is dealing with living with the creep his mother is with now, who mistreats her and him. He goes out and does something to one of the creep's friends. He gets arrested and he calls a number a man gave him around the time his father died, to call if he needs help. A man named Harry approaches him and tells him he's the one who helped him. He tells him that he knew his father. When the man Eggsy slighted wants some payback, Harry takes care of him and his companions single handed. Harry then tells Eggsy that he's part of a secret organization called the Kingsman and his father was also part of it. He died trying to make the world safe. Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to be a Kingsman and he takes it. He undergoes a grueling training course. Harry is looking into the demise of another Kingsman and the trail leads him to tech billionaire named Valentine aka V who is also curious about the group following him, the Kingsman. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church, beach
Characters:boy
Story:waking up from a coma, terrorist plot, punched in the face, action hero, drugged drink, bullet time, undercover agent, jumping through a window, thrown through a window, mass murder, sociopath, burned alive, stylized violence, sniper rifle, scar, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg

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

The Mummy (2017)

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

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:church
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:punched in the face, airplane crash, pistol whip, action hero, stabbed in the leg, gun battle, self mutilation, scar, opening action scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the leg, transformation, news report, one man army, disarming someone, man with glasses, mixed martial arts, foot chase

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. This is why The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:fbi agent, waking up from a coma, fbi, police shootout, pistol whip, undercover agent, stabbed in the leg, dual wield, mexican standoff, swat team, coma, race against time, shot in the forehead, disarming someone, cocaine, drug dealer, dysfunctional family, good versus evil, shot in the back, criminal

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

London Has Fallen (2016)

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

Themes:funeral, terrorism, brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, church
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, exploding boat, impersonating a police officer, stabbed in the leg, murder of a police officer, swat team, mass murder, sociopath, burned alive, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, death of child, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead

Swordfish (2001) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, brutality, deception
Locations:airport
Story:fbi agent, gun duel, bullet time, gun battle, dual wield, swat team, mass murder, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, child in peril, disguise, terrorist, foot chase, interrogation, held at gunpoint, falling from height, gunfight, los angeles california, computer, slow motion scene

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

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

Themes:regret, guilt, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Story:gash in the face, fbi agent, punched in the face, action hero, man punching a woman, undercover agent, mexican standoff, scene during opening credits, sociopath, burned alive, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, scar, character repeating someone else's dialogue, fbi, shot in the leg, mixed martial arts, drug dealer, shot in the back

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:tragedy, brutality, deception, funeral, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, shot in the foot, shot in the neck, stabbed in the leg, swat team, scene during opening credits, looking at oneself in a mirror, self mutilation, sociopath, stylized violence, shot in the arm, scar, opening action scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. This is why Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, funeral
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, church
Story:action hero, doppelganger, bullet time, dual wield, mexican standoff, murder of a police officer, swat team, shot in the arm, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, one man army, shot in the back, hand to hand combat, bomb, brawl, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter

Riddick (2013) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Themes:deception, revenge
Mood:gore
Story:punched in the face, action hero, woman punching a man, vendetta, man punching a woman, stabbed in the leg, scene during opening credits, sociopath, stylized violence, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, one man army, shot in the back, interrogation, hand to hand combat, bomb

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

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

Themes:brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:punched in the face, action hero, woman punching a man, falling to death, dual wield, switchblade, sniper rifle, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, one man army, man with glasses, foot chase, shot in the back, criminal, psychopath, held at gunpoint, falling from height, gunfight, tough guy, slow motion scene

Escape Plan (2013)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:punched in the face, maximum security prison, prison escape, prison guard, prison, falling to death, undercover agent, stabbed in the leg, dual wield, shot in the stomach, sociopath, burned alive, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, one man army

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist, terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, action hero, tech noir, face, bullet time, jumping through a window, dual wield, gun fu, scene during opening credits, stylized violence, sniper rifle, opening action scene, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, shot in the forehead, latex gloves

The Mechanic (2011) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Mechanic (2011)

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves. This is why The Mechanic (2011) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Story:punched in the face, gun duel, private jet, bullet ballet, villain played by lead actor, bullet time, falling to death, jumping through a window, thrown through a window, stabbed in the leg, kicked in the crotch, gun battle, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, interrogation, hand to hand combat

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:brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:gash in the face, punched in the face, balisong, talking to oneself in a mirror, shot in the neck, falling to death, mass murder, burned alive, sniper rifle, shot in the arm, electrocution, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, shot in the leg, news report, child in peril, one man army, man with glasses, cocaine, drug dealer

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. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:gash in the face, shot in the foot, scene during opening credits, shot in the stomach, self mutilation, shot in the arm, scar, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, child in peril, terrorist, foot chase, shot in the back, interrogation, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, gunfight, tough guy

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, deception, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist group, terrorist plot, punched in the face, police shootout, action hero, shot in the foot, undercover agent, jumping through a window, stabbed in the leg, shot in the arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the leg, news report, one man army, terrorist, shot in the back, bomb, held at gunpoint, falling from height, gunfight

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
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, deception, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:prison guard, police shootout, pistol whip, face, black and white scene, dual wield, swat team, scene during opening credits, sociopath, shot in the arm, scar, opening action scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, shot in the leg, news report, disarming someone, man with glasses, disguise

Deadpool (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Deadpool (2016)

This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. This is why Deadpool (2016) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior, doctor
Story:face, disfigured face, punched in the face, pistol whip, action hero, female doctor, woman punching a man, vendetta, man punching a woman, bullet ballet, bullet time, stabbed in the leg, dual wield, gun fu, scene during opening credits, self mutilation, sociopath, burned alive, stylized violence, shot in the arm

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Story:computer, terrorist group, terrorist plot, fbi, terrorist, police shootout, action hero, woman punching a man, face, shot in the foot, impersonating a police officer, thrown through a window, murder of a police officer, mass murder, blockbuster, sniper rifle, machismo, shot in the arm, opening action scene, shot in the forehead

Predestination (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:bandaged face, punched in the face, plastic surgery, undercover agent, looking at oneself in a mirror, scar, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, terrorist, criminal, bomb, held at gunpoint, brawl, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, blood splatter, fistfight, shot to death, neo noir

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003) is one of the best movies like Face/off (1997)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:boy, doctor
Story:shootout in a church, fbi agent, action hero, shot in the foot, plastic surgery, gun battle, dual wield, mass murder, shot in the stomach, stylized violence, shot in the arm, death of brother, opening action scene, fbi, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, shot in the leg, one man army, disarming someone, disguise

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

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

Themes:terrorism, deception, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:punched in the face, escape from prison, prison escape, prison guard, action hero, woman punching a man, falling to death, dual wield, gun fu, blockbuster, scene during opening credits, stylized violence, character repeating someone else's dialogue, electrocution, mixed martial arts, terrorist, foot chase, good versus evil, shot in the back, interrogation

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