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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. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness, prejudice, greed, redemption, tragedy, racism, incest, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:usa, kitchen, bathtub, church, bar, hospital
Characters:sexist, engineer, catholic, bully, lawyer, hostage, priest, baby, boy, doctor, teenager
Period:2000s
Story:korean war veteran, hmong, neighborhood, gang, veteran, racist insult, catholic priest, catholic church, gang rape, medal of valor, war medal, barber shop, racist as protagonist, barbecue grill, racist joke, incest rape, grandfather granddaughter relationship, construction worker, construction site, tradition versus modernity

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:fear, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:hoodlum, attempted robbery, tragic ending, drive by shooting, n word, urban decay, ethnic slur, barbecue, near death experience, ghetto, thug, honor, heavy rain, uzi, machismo, cousin cousin relationship, product placement, racial slur, no opening credits, anti hero

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption, racism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police car, ethnic slur, thug, culture clash, looking at oneself in a mirror, teen angst, pickup truck, machismo, threat, self sacrifice, scar, character's point of view camera shot, product placement, attempted murder, danger, racial slur, bartender, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero

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:funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage, priest
Story:racist insult, gang, racist joke, tragic ending, drive by shooting, urban decay, ethnic slur, wisecrack humor, ghetto, near death experience, cigarette lighter, italian american, rap music, thug, heavy rain, uzi, machismo, threat, character's point of view camera shot, danger

Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
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, revenge
Locations:church
Characters:baby, boy, teenager
Story:neighborhood, street gang, police car, attempted robbery, hip hop music, drive by shooting, n word, urban decay, shot multiple times, ethnic slur, barbecue, racist, ghetto, confrontation, rap music, honor, teen angst, uzi, machismo, tragic event

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

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. This is why Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage, doctor
Period:2000s
Story:elderly protagonist, attempted robbery, drive by shooting, urban decay, shot multiple times, loner, cigarette lighter, veteran, thug, heavy rain, threat, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, widower, attempted murder, danger, bartender, no opening credits, anti hero, death of friend

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

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:greed, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:police car, burned with a cigarette, tragic past, ethnic slur, bruise, post traumatic stress disorder, near death experience, italian american, haunted by the past, thug, heavy rain, tragic event, scar, attempted murder, danger, racial slur, home invasion, coffin, death of friend, ambulance

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:redemption, tragedy, racism, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:church, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police car, barbershop, tragic ending, tailor, altered version of studio logo, n word, urban decay, irish american, ethnic slur, racist, near death experience, italian american, thug, honor, race relations, subtitled scene, threat, tragic event, directed by star, scar

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:tragedy, fear, kidnapping
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:engineer, hostage, doctor, teenager
Story:police car, rape victim, telling a joke, attempted robbery, urban decay, tragic hero, misogyny, near death experience, mentor, thug, nosebleed, heavy rain, tragic event, kicked in the face, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, attempted murder, danger, home invasion, no opening credits

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:redemption, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, baby, doctor
Period:2000s
Story:police car, tragic ending, unsubtitled foreign language, scar, product placement, attempted murder, danger, anti hero, ambulance, old man, gay slur, f word, revolver, held at gunpoint, rifle, showdown, arrest, tough guy, punched in the face, rescue

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. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:bully, hostage, doctor
Story:bully comeuppance, police car, attempted robbery, bilingualism, tragic ending, tragic past, death of protagonist, ethnic slur, tragic hero, wisecrack humor, father figure, haunted by the past, thug, looking at oneself in a mirror, heavy rain, pickup truck, subtitled scene, self sacrifice, scar, kicked in the face

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:bully, lawyer, hostage, boy
Story:birthday party, bully comeuppance, provocation, handyman, confrontation, culture clash, nosebleed, machismo, threat, kicked in the face, widower, home invasion, anti hero, ambulance, gang, dysfunctional family, f word, revolver, birthday, held at gunpoint

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:church
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:police car, bilingualism, gardening, shot multiple times, duct tape, raised middle finger, burglary, thug, looking at oneself in a mirror, subtitled scene, scar, character's point of view camera shot, product placement, attempted murder, key, danger, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero, ambulance

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

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:redemption, fear, revenge
Locations:bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage, teenager
Story:birthday party, police car, tragic past, altered version of studio logo, drive by shooting, urban decay, ethnic slur, misogyny, wisecrack humor, cigarette lighter, near death experience, title appears in writing, thug, nosebleed, strong female character, machismo, handgun, witness, kicked in the face, widower

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, funeral, fear, kidnapping
Locations:church, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:police car, attempted robbery, bilingualism, heroism, pickup truck, subtitled scene, tragic event, american flag, scar, product placement, danger, no opening credits, montage, ambulance, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, beer, arrest

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear
Locations:church, bar, hospital
Characters:catholic, priest, baby, boy
Story:catholic church, birthday party, birthday cake, medal, confessional, irish american, mentor, veteran, honor, male bonding, machismo, american flag, cousin cousin relationship, confession, coffin, death of friend, telephone, birthday, watching tv, rescue

Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:greed, redemption, fear, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage, doctor
Story:gang rape, rape victim, ethnic slur, loner, black eye, thug, machismo, witness, kicked in the face, racial slur, home invasion, anti hero, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, showdown, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, gangster

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:redemption, racism, fear, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage
Story:retirement, police car, shot repeatedly, shot multiple times, ethnic slur, duct tape, racist, cigarette lighter, culture clash, male bonding, pickup truck, self sacrifice, product placement, danger, racial slur, anti hero, flashlight, f word, death of mother, revolver

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:murder suicide, tragic past, shot multiple times, tragic hero, raised middle finger, loner, near death experience, father figure, mentor, haunted by the past, retirement, honor, nosebleed, pickup truck, american flag, kicked in the face, death of wife, widower, attempted murder, danger

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

Triple 9 (2016)

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

Themes:greed, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:police car, urban decay, ethnic slur, ghetto, near death experience, cigarette lighter, thug, heavy rain, uzi, machismo, subtitled scene, gift, kicked in the face, attempted murder, danger, asian american, racial slur, death of friend, montage, ambulance

American History X (1998) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
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. This is why American History X (1998) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, racism, fear, revenge
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:gang rape, racial prejudice, rape victim, racial intolerance, racial issues, racial discrimination, racial tension, n word, spitting, ethnic slur, bigotry, racist, title appears in writing, anti semitism, race relations, handgun, threat, kicked in the face, racial slur, gang

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)

Characters:baby, boy
Story:veteran, medal of valor, street gang, training, police car, hip hop music, unsubtitled foreign language, n word, urban decay, spitting, shot multiple times, ghetto, mentor, burglary, racial slur, ambulance, gang, gay slur, f word, handcuffs

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:redemption, revenge
Locations:bar
Period:2000s
Story:police car, urban decay, gardening, shot multiple times, raised middle finger, post traumatic stress disorder, culture clash, working class, looking at oneself in a mirror, pickup truck, american flag, kicked in the face, bartender, no opening credits, anti hero, flashlight, gay slur, f word, telephone, revolver

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Themes:fear, revenge
Locations:church
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:detroit michigan, ethnic slur, cigarette lighter, italian american, haunted by the past, retirement, machismo, self sacrifice, attempted murder, racial slur, no opening credits, anti hero, f word, telephone, held at gunpoint, showdown, tough guy, shotgun, shot in the chest, gangster

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (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, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:usa, kitchen, bar, hospital
Characters:engineer, lawyer, hostage, doctor
Period:2000s
Story:villain arrested, tragic ending, tragic past, altered version of studio logo, urban decay, heroism, tragic hero, bruise, loner, near death experience, father figure, thug, honor, blockbuster, uzi, subtitled scene, threat, self sacrifice, scar, kicked in the face

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. This is why Cop Land (1997) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage, priest
Story:police car, heroism, ethnic slur, tragic hero, loner, italian american, haunted by the past, honor, working class, uzi, machismo, threat, product placement, attempted murder, suburb, danger, racial slur, bartender, home invasion, no opening credits

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, racism
Locations:bar
Characters:boy
Story:racial prejudice, racial intolerance, racial discrimination, racial tension, urban decay, shot multiple times, death of protagonist, tragic hero, racist, burglary, compassion, race relations, tragic event, american flag, racial slur, tough guy, shotgun, shot in the chest, gangster, shot to death

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:redemption, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:boy, hostage, teenager
Story:police car, initiation rite, duct tape, near death experience, thug, pickup truck, machismo, witness, american flag, scar, product placement, attempted murder, bartender, gang, flashlight, f word, revolver, held at gunpoint, beer, rifle

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:tragedy, funeral, fear
Locations:church, bar, hospital
Characters:catholic, lawyer, priest, baby, boy, doctor
Period:2000s
Story:police car, female doctor, bilingualism, near death experience, heavy rain, product placement, death of wife, widower, ambulance, revolver, handcuffs, neighbor, beer, rifle, arrest, bus, machine gun, black comedy, cell phone, brother sister relationship

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:police car, coughing blood, zippo lighter, bilingualism, unsubtitled foreign language, heroism, ethnic slur, raised middle finger, cigarette lighter, honor, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, hairy chest, american flag, scar, danger, racial slur, home invasion, no opening credits, death of friend

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage, baby
Story:provocation, tragic ending, altered version of studio logo, death of protagonist, near death experience, blockbuster, heavy rain, subtitled scene, handgun, self sacrifice, tragic event, american flag, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, attempted murder, danger, no opening credits, death of friend, montage, flashlight

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, funeral
Locations:kitchen, church, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:racial prejudice, street gang, police car, unsubtitled foreign language, irish american, death of protagonist, ethnic slur, cigarette lighter, father figure, mentor, italian american, thug, uzi, witness, flowers, product placement, danger, confession, racial slur, coffin

Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:priest, doctor
Story:ethnic slur, ghetto, italian american, retirement, blockbuster, male bonding, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, directed by star, american flag, product placement, racial slur, training, bartender, coffin, montage, showdown, arrest, tough guy, watching tv

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)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:unsubtitled foreign language, ethnic slur, loner, black eye, mentor, thug, basement, kicked in the face, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, racial slur, bartender, home invasion, anti hero, montage, gay slur, subjective camera, f word, telephone, revolver

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption, funeral, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:tragic past, altered version of studio logo, tragic hero, wisecrack humor, mentor, haunted by the past, blockbuster, nosebleed, self sacrifice, scar, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, danger, training, anti hero, montage, gang, subjective camera, death of mother, showdown

Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? This is why Alpha Dog (2006) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:greed, tragedy, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage, boy
Story:birthday party, police car, raised middle finger, burglary, rap music, uzi, garage, witness, suburb, danger, racial slur, montage, gang, gay slur, birthday, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:church, hospital
Story:korean war veteran, police car, zippo lighter, urban decay, racist, cigarette lighter, italian american, thug, subtitled scene, american flag, death of wife, coffin, no opening credits, immigrant, ambulance, dysfunctional family, f word, death of mother, rifle, arrest

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:incest, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:kitchen
Characters:hostage, boy
Story:rape victim, telling a joke, tragic past, shaman, haunted by the past, haircut, looking at oneself in a mirror, pickup truck, subtitled scene, witness, kicked in the face, character's point of view camera shot, anti hero, montage, dysfunctional family, flashlight, gay slur, subjective camera, f word, death of mother

Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

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

Themes:prejudice, redemption, tragedy, racism, fear, revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:racist, racial prejudice, street gang, police car, bigot, racial discrimination, racial tension, n word, confrontation, rap music, veteran, compassion, race relations, witness, key, asian american, immigrant, flashlight, bathroom, bus

Hummingbird (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:revenge
Locations:church
Story:barbecue, loner, post traumatic stress disorder, haunted by the past, thug, looking at oneself in a mirror, subtitled scene, kicked in the face, home invasion, anti hero, death of friend, montage, f word, revolver, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, gangster, machine gun, shot to death

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness, greed, funeral, fear, revenge
Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage, boy
Story:polish american, subtitled scene, witness, american flag, flowers, product placement, attempted murder, home invasion, immigrant, death of friend, ambulance, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, taxi, arrest, watching tv, punched in the face, shotgun, shot in the chest

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lawyer, hostage
Period:2000s
Story:police car, unsubtitled foreign language, urban decay, ghetto, haunted by the past, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, kicked in the face, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero, death of friend, gay slur, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, punched in the face, shotgun

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, revenge
Characters:bully, hostage
Story:bully comeuppance, ethnic slur, mentor, italian american, male bonding, machismo, garage, self sacrifice, racial slur, anti hero, death of friend, montage, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, showdown, tough guy, shotgun, machine gun, black comedy

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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

Themes:redemption, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police car, rape victim, lung cancer, title appears in writing, retirement, looking at oneself in a mirror, heavy rain, hairy chest, scar, death of wife, danger, montage, gang, gay slur, f word, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, showdown, arrest, punched in the face

Looper (2012) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, revenge
Characters:boy
Story:finger gun, zippo lighter, bilingualism, urban decay, death of protagonist, retirement, strong female character, pickup truck, subtitled scene, self sacrifice, death of wife, anti hero, death of friend, montage, f word, revolver, held at gunpoint, rifle, tough guy, shotgun

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. This is why The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, kidnapping
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:hostage, priest
Story:catholic priest, catholic church, korean war veteran, police car, misanthropy, misanthrope, shaman, near death experience, pickup truck, attempted murder, danger, coffin, ambulance, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, showdown, punched in the face, rescue

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

Spartan (2004)

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

Themes:funeral, fear, kidnapping
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage
Story:construction site, ethnic slur, haircut, looking at oneself in a mirror, scar, product placement, key, confession, racial slur, bartender, no opening credits, anti hero, flashlight, gay slur, f word, rifle, taxi, tough guy, punched in the face, rescue

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:greed, fear, revenge
Locations:bathtub, bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:police car, misanthrope, pearl necklace, misogynist, ethnic slur, duct tape, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, handgun, kicked in the face, cousin cousin relationship, attempted murder, confession, racial slur, bartender, montage, ambulance, gay slur, f word, telephone

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Gran Torino (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:fear, kidnapping
Locations:kitchen, bathtub, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, boy
Story:gang rape, racial prejudice, birthday party, birthday cake, rape victim, bigot, tragic event, old man, gay slur, subjective camera, death of mother, revolver, birthday, beer, taxi, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, black comedy, shot to death

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, tragedy
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, hostage, doctor
Story:birthday cake, police car, salesman, thug, retirement, race relations, garage, witness, racial slur, bartender, ambulance, gay slur, death of mother, birthday, held at gunpoint, watching tv, punched in the face, shot in the chest, black comedy, car

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