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Falling Down (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Falling Down (1993)

On the day of his daughter's ('Joey Hope Singer' (qv)) birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster ('Michael Douglas (I)' (qv)) is trying to get to his estranged ex-wife's ('Barbara Hershey' (qv)) house to see his daughter. He has a breakdown and leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. Along the way he stops at a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call but the owner, Mister Lee ('Michael Paul Chan' (qv)), does not give him change. This destabilizes William who then breaks apart the shop with a baseball bat and goes to an isolated place to drink a coke. Two gangsters ('Agustin Rodriguez (I)' (qv) & 'Eddie Frias' (qv)) threaten him and he reacts by hitting them with the bat. D-FENS continues walking and stops at a phone booth. The gangsters hunt him down with their gang and shoot at him but crash their car. William goes nuts and takes their gym bag with weapons proceeding in his journey of rage against injustice. Meanwhile Sergeant Martin Prendergast ('Robert Duvall' (qv)), who is working on his last day before retirement, is following the wave of crimes and believes that the same man is responsible but the other detectives do not pay attention to him. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  homophobia,  tragedy,  divorce,  racism,  anger,  robbery
Characters:detective,  hispanic
Period:1990s
Story:birthday,  traffic jam,  corporate downsizing,  road rage,  convenience store,  baseball bat,  birthday present,  drive by shooting,  gang,  urban nightmare,  defense plant,  korean grocer,  angry customer,  cartoon on television,  shot from a car,  against the system,  going postal,  gym bag,  london bridge,  water gun,  destroying property,  one man crusade,  adult lives at home,  highway patrol,  laid off,  disgruntled worker,  estranged parent,  panhandling,  hare krishna,  inequality,  estranged couple,  downsizing,  anti villain,  suicide by cop,  burger,  layoff,  borderline personality disorder,  abandoned car,  korean american,  moral ambiguity,  militant,  balisong,  snowglobe,  payphone,  fast food restaurant,  freeway,  trespassing,  stabbed in the shoulder,  language barrier,  hamburger,  urban decay,  paramedic,  neo nazi,  suit and tie,  cartoon on tv,  loss of job,  hit with a baseball bat,  madman,  bazooka,  mannequin,  ethnic slur,  misogyny,  alienation,  briefcase,  pier,  one day,  social commentary,  retirement,  rocket launcher,  home movie,  desperation,  vandalism,  rage,  cake,  medicine,  golf,  uzi,  video,  heart attack,  graffiti,  vigilante,  policewoman,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  road movie,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  stabbing,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  psychopath,  vomiting,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  police,  gun,  violence,  murder

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:anger,  robbery
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:drive by shooting,  urban nightmare,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  uzi,  racial slur,  anti hero,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  psychopath,  vomiting,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  police,  murder,  gun,  violence

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New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:gang,  drive by shooting,  balisong,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  uzi,  vigilante,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  anti hero,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  urban setting,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder,  violence,  gun

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

From Paris With Love (2010)

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

Story:burger,  traffic jam,  hit with a baseball bat,  bazooka,  mannequin,  ethnic slur,  rocket launcher,  uzi,  graffiti,  baseball bat,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  gang,  revolver,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  murder,  police,  violence

Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

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

Characters:detective
Story:drive by shooting,  suicide by cop,  urban decay,  social commentary,  heart attack,  graffiti,  vigilante,  policewoman,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  psychopath,  shooting,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:racism,  anger
Story:ethnic slur,  desperation,  road movie,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  police car,  gang,  telephone,  revolver,  birthday,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  two word title,  police,  murder,  gun,  violence

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:tragedy,  racism,  anger
Period:1990s
Story:drive by shooting,  fast food restaurant,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  uzi,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  police car,  gang,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  urban setting,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  violence,  police,  murder,  gun

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Characters:detective
Story:urban decay,  hit with a baseball bat,  ethnic slur,  uzi,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  anti hero,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  police,  violence

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Attack The Block (2011) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Attack The Block (2011)

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone.

Themes:robbery
Story:water gun,  hit with a baseball bat,  one day,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  gang,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  murder,  police,  violence

Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Period:1990s
Story:vandalism,  golf,  uzi,  vigilante,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  police car,  gang,  revolver,  car crash,  urban setting,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  violence,  police,  murder

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

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:suicide by cop,  abandoned car,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  desperation,  uzi,  policewoman,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  police car,  gang,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  two word title,  violence,  murder

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American Psycho (2000)
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:divorce,  anger
Characters:detective
Story:borderline personality disorder,  madman,  ethnic slur,  alienation,  briefcase,  rage,  pay phone,  racial slur,  stabbing,  police car,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  two word title,  gun,  violence,  police,  murder

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Characters:detective
Story:hit with a baseball bat,  ethnic slur,  one day,  retirement,  policewoman,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  anti hero,  telephone,  urban setting,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  cell phone,  chase,  violence,  police,  murder

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:robbery
Characters:hispanic,  detective
Story:freeway,  urban decay,  cartoon on tv,  one day,  racial slur,  police car,  gang,  gay slur,  car crash,  psychopath,  vomiting,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  police,  violence,  gun

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:tragedy,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:urban decay,  bazooka,  misogyny,  rocket launcher,  desperation,  vigilante,  anti hero,  police car,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  robbery
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:ethnic slur,  desperation,  policewoman,  racial slur,  police car,  gang,  telephone,  revolver,  urban setting,  vomiting,  punched in the face,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  violence,  murder

Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  anger,  robbery
Story:convenience store,  police car,  gay slur,  urban setting,  psychopath,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  chase,  gun,  police,  murder,  violence

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

Hell Or High Water (2016)

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

Themes:racism,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:retirement,  ethnic slur,  social commentary,  desperation,  graffiti,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  revolver,  car crash,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police,  violence,  gun

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)

Characters:detective
Story:drive by shooting,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  misogyny,  social commentary,  baseball bat,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  car crash,  urban setting,  birthday,  psychopath,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police,  violence

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

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

Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:misogyny,  desperation,  pay phone,  anti hero,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  murder,  police,  gun,  violence

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Death Sentence (2007) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Death Sentence (2007)

Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family. This is why Death Sentence (2007) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Characters:detective
Story:urban decay,  hit with a baseball bat,  home movie,  vigilante,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  shot to death,  beating,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

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

Patriots Day (2016)

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

Themes:tragedy,  anger
Characters:detective
Story:convenience store,  desperation,  policewoman,  man with glasses,  police car,  car crash,  urban setting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun

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,  anger,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:vigilante,  anti villain,  urban decay,  suit and tie,  madman,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  desperation,  uzi,  policewoman,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  gang,  revolver,  car crash,  urban setting,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  violence,  murder

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:homophobia,  anger
Story:urban decay,  vigilante,  anti hero,  police car,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  vomiting,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  gun,  murder,  violence,  police

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Story:drive by shooting,  balisong,  freeway,  stabbed in the shoulder,  hit with a baseball bat,  bazooka,  one day,  rocket launcher,  uzi,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  police car,  gay slur,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun

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? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  robbery
Story:suicide by cop,  suit and tie,  ethnic slur,  uzi,  racial slur,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  police car,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  car crash,  psychopath,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  police,  gun,  murder,  violence

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:stabbed in the shoulder,  hit with a baseball bat,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  car crash,  urban setting,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  knife,  violence,  police,  murder

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Characters:detective
Story:drive by shooting,  gang,  uzi,  racial slur,  gay slur,  telephone,  urban setting,  car crash,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  murder,  police,  violence

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
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,  anger
Story:stabbed in the shoulder,  hit with a baseball bat,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  social commentary,  desperation,  rage,  medicine,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  gang,  revolver,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  violence,  murder,  gun

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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:racism,  anger,  robbery
Characters:detective
Story:ethnic slur,  convenience store,  rage,  golf,  uzi,  heart attack,  graffiti,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  stabbing,  police car,  gay slur,  revolver,  car crash,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  gun

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who's a friend of the man Frank killed wants him too. This is why Punisher: War Zone (2008) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Characters:detective
Story:one man crusade,  urban decay,  hit with a baseball bat,  rage,  uzi,  vigilante,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  gang,  urban setting,  psychopath,  vomiting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  shot to death,  knife,  murder,  police,  violence

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:anger
Story:shot from a car,  cake,  policewoman,  pay phone,  anti hero,  stabbing,  police car,  revolver,  car crash,  birthday,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  police,  gun

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Crash (2004) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

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

Themes:tragedy,  racism,  anger,  robbery
Characters:hispanic,  detective
Story:korean american,  one day,  convenience store,  social commentary,  vandalism,  graffiti,  police car,  car crash,  urban setting,  shooting,  los angeles california,  police officer,  cell phone,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder,  gun

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger
Story:neo nazi,  korean grocer,  korean american,  moral ambiguity,  ethnic slur,  rage,  racial slur,  gang,  dysfunctional family,  psychopath,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  gun

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

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:tragedy,  racism,  anger,  robbery
Story:urban decay,  ethnic slur,  social commentary,  desperation,  heart attack,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  gang,  telephone,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  vomiting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  chase,  knife,  murder,  police,  violence

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The Warriors (1979)
Action, Thriller

The Warriors (1979)

Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave. A gang called The Warriors are blamed for killing Cyrus as he gives his speech. They now have to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. The Warriors slowly cross the dangerous Bronx and Manhattan territories, narrowly escaping police and other gangs every step of the way. This is why The Warriors (1979) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Story:gang,  urban decay,  hit with a baseball bat,  one day,  desperation,  graffiti,  policewoman,  baseball bat,  pay phone,  anti hero,  police car,  gay slur,  revolver,  urban setting,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  police officer,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  violence,  murder

King Of New York (1990) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Crime, Thriller

King Of New York (1990)

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:gang,  traffic jam,  ethnic slur,  briefcase,  uzi,  pay phone,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  revolver,  urban setting,  machine gun,  black comedy,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  police

Cop Out (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Characters:detective
Story:uzi,  video,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  car crash,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  violence,  police,  murder

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Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Characters:detective
Story:ethnic slur,  one day,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  revolver,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  police

This Is England (2006)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  unemployment,  robbery
Story:gang,  militant,  neo nazi,  pier,  convenience store,  vandalism,  rage,  graffiti,  racial slur,  gay slur,  birthday,  beating,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  gun,  murder,  police

Heat (1995) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
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.... This is why Heat (1995) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  anger
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:payphone,  suit and tie,  pay phone,  gang,  dysfunctional family,  telephone,  psychopath,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  shot to death,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  gun,  murder,  police,  violence

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:anger
Story:convenience store,  pay phone,  anti hero,  police car,  gay slur,  revolver,  car crash,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  violence,  gun,  murder

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  anger
Period:1990s
Story:one day,  home movie,  uzi,  racial slur,  anti hero,  gang,  telephone,  revolver,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  gun,  violence

8mm (1999)
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:anger
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:stabbed in the shoulder,  desperation,  uzi,  pay phone,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  telephone,  psychopath,  shooting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  gun,  murder

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Banlieue 13 (2004) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Banlieue 13 (2004)

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leito is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leito is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Story:urban decay,  hit with a baseball bat,  convenience store,  baseball bat,  anti hero,  police car,  gang,  gay slur,  car crash,  urban setting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  police

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. This is why Gran Torino (2008) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  racism
Story:gang,  drive by shooting,  urban decay,  ethnic slur,  misogyny,  retirement,  uzi,  racial slur,  anti hero,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  gay slur,  telephone,  revolver,  birthday,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cell phone,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  gun,  murder,  police

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Story:gang,  one day,  anti hero,  police car,  telephone,  revolver,  urban setting,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  police officer,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  police,  violence,  murder

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Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)
Comedy, Crime

Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray as he returns to the place he grew up in and meet his father and his basket-case friends. Crazy stuff happens. For example, Ashtray is older than his father and his best friend Loc Dog's grandmother is a trigger-happy old lady who blames her eccentric-looking kid for not being tough enough. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  robbery
Story:drive by shooting,  rocket launcher,  uzi,  racial slur,  gang,  shooting,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  cult film,  gun

Green Room (2015) is one of the best movies like Falling Down (1993)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

Green Room (2015)

A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated.

Themes:racism
Story:neo nazi,  ethnic slur,  one day,  desperation,  policewoman,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  police car,  gang,  gay slur,  revolver,  shot to death,  cell phone,  knife,  two word title,  murder,  violence,  police

Romper Stomper (1992)
Crime, Drama

Romper Stomper (1992)

Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity? (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  racism,  anger,  robbery
Story:neo nazi,  vandalism,  policewoman,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  gang,  gay slur,  telephone,  beating,  two word title,  police,  violence,  murder

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