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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. (Read More)

Themes:justice, sadism, guilt, anger, funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:tunnel, courtroom, cemetery
Characters:engineer, mayor, lawyer
Story:district attorney, female mayor, defending oneself in court, contempt of court, female judge, car bomb, prison warden, prison cell, talking to an unborn baby, botched execution, department of defense, reference to helen keller, unjust system, running across a roof, 50 calibre machine gun, semtex, electro magnetic pulse, tortured to death, stolen police car, bell 206 jet ranger helicopter

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:justice, sadism, anger, funeral, torture, revenge
Characters:engineer, mayor, lawyer
Story:district attorney, criminal mastermind, attorney, vigilante, female judge, car bomb, prison warden, domestic terrorism, british actor playing american character, mob of reporters, man wearing a wig, abandoned warehouse, filmed killing, death threat, duct tape over mouth, police chase, law, court, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

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

Themes:justice, funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Story:adrenaline, hit with a baseball bat, looking at self in mirror, severed leg, e mail, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the throat, murder of a police officer, vigilante, severed arm, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, severed head, police detective, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, death of friend, prisoner

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:justice, sadism, torture
Story:impersonating a police officer, e mail, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the throat, murder of a police officer, stabbed in the stomach, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, disguise, assassin, f word, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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:sadism, anger, torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Characters:lawyer
Story:abandoned warehouse, filmed killing, snuff film, body in a trunk, impersonating a police officer, death of daughter, stabbed in the neck, duct tape over mouth, stabbed in the stomach, character says i love you, home invasion, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, throat slitting, bound and gagged, f word, punched in the face, investigation

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. This is why The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:district attorney, prosecutor, dvd, hit with a baseball bat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, police detective, judge, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, death of friend, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, rape, surprise ending

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:justice, torture, revenge
Locations:tunnel
Characters:lawyer
Story:british actor playing american character, prosecutor, murder of family, looking at self in mirror, severed leg, death of daughter, covered in blood, murder of a police officer, child murder, death of child, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, assassination, no opening credits, severed head, stabbed to death, throat slitting, assassin, f word

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

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:torture, revenge
Story:prison warden, 50 calibre machine gun, hidden gun, briefcase, missile, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, death of friend, prisoner, disguise, terrorist, assassin, handcuffs, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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

Themes:funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:tunnel, cemetery
Characters:engineer, mayor, lawyer
Story:district attorney, british actor playing american character, city hall, filmed killing, murder of a police officer, police chase, missile, vigilante, death of child, american flag, court, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, man with glasses, police detective, judge, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, prisoner

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:sadism, revenge
Story:prison warden, mob of reporters, solitary confinement, filmed killing, villain played by lead actor, stabbed in the throat, covered in blood, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue, severed head, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, throat slitting, bound and gagged, f word, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face

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 Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:sadism, anger, funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Story:filmed killing, murder of family, hit with a baseball bat, severed leg, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the throat, dismemberment, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, severed head, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, assassin, decapitation, f word, handcuffs, punched in the face

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:tunnel
Story:stolen police car, british actor playing american character, criminal mastermind, ipod, hidden gun, abandoned warehouse, body in a trunk, death threat, police chase, court, character repeating someone else's dialogue, man with glasses, judge, exploding car, prisoner, disguise, f word, handcuffs, arrest, shot in the head

Fracture (2007) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Fracture (2007)

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. (Read More)

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:engineer, lawyer
Story:law, court, confession, prosecutor, district attorney, defending oneself in court, legal system, villain played by lead actor, arrogance, attorney, garage, death of wife, judge, arrest, investigation, shot in the head, blood splatter, prison, cell phone, surprise ending

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger, funeral, revenge
Story:death threat, severed arm, death of wife, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue, severed head, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, throat slitting, disguise, spy, decapitation, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, prison

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:anger, revenge
Story:criminal mastermind, death threat, duct tape over mouth, police chase, missile, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, prisoner, disguise, terrorist, bound and gagged, assassin, spy, handcuffs, bomb, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head

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

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. This is why London Has Fallen (2016) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, torture, revenge
Story:car bomb, british actor playing american character, impersonating a police officer, stabbed in the throat, murder of a police officer, missile, death of child, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, assassination, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, terrorist, assassin, spy, f word, bomb, punched in the face

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:revenge
Locations:tunnel
Story:hidden gun, castration, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the throat, character repeating someone else's dialogue, assassination, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, assassin, f word, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, cell phone, fire, surprise ending

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

Death Race (2008)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:prison warden, napalm, filmed killing, american flag, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, prisoner, f word, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, prison, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

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

Predators (2010)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:electro magnetic pulse, severed leg, stabbed in the throat, severed arm, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, man with glasses, severed head, stabbed to death, assassin, decapitation, f word, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, fire, surprise ending

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:deal, buried alive, severed leg, stabbed in the throat, dismemberment, severed arm, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue, severed head, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, prisoner, decapitation, f word, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Story:body in a trunk, arrogance, stabbed in the throat, murder of a police officer, police chase, dismemberment, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, severed head, police detective, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, disguise, decapitation, handcuffs, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Characters:engineer
Story:macguffin, missile, character says i love you, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, police detective, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, f word, handcuffs, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, fire

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

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

Themes:justice, funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Characters:lawyer
Story:informant, deal, district attorney, british actor playing american character, prosecutor, body in a trunk, villain played by lead actor, law, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, f word, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

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

Themes:sadism, torture, revenge
Story:solitary confinement, amputation, informant, severed leg, castration, law, dismemberment, vigilante, severed arm, confession, man with glasses, severed head, police detective, throat slitting, assassin, decapitation, handcuffs, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Killer Elite (2011) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:car bomb, filmed killing, character repeating someone else's dialogue, confession, assassination, exploding car, stabbed to death, death of friend, disguise, assassin, spy, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, explosion, bare chested male, blood

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, funeral, torture
Locations:courtroom, cemetery
Story:prison cell, briefcase, death of daughter, stabbed in the neck, court, death of wife, confession, no opening credits, man with glasses, police detective, judge, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, f word, handcuffs, punched in the face, investigation, shot to death, beating

Machete (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! (Read More)

Themes:torture, revenge
Story:tortured to death, filmed killing, impersonating a police officer, covered in blood, duct tape over mouth, murder of a police officer, vigilante, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, confession, home invasion, assassination, man with glasses, severed head, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, disguise, bound and gagged

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

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

Themes:torture
Story:filmed killing, stabbed in the neck, duct tape over mouth, murder of a police officer, stabbed in the stomach, child murder, character says i love you, death of child, character repeating someone else's dialogue, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, bound and gagged, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

Deja Vu (2006) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi

Deja Vu (2006)

A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families was blown up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit, one that uses spacefolding technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: could they use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:terrorist, investigation, body in a trunk, death of daughter, duct tape over mouth, murder of a police officer, child murder, severed arm, death of child, character repeating someone else's dialogue, confession, exploding car, death of friend, bound and gagged, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

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

Themes:funeral, torture
Story:hidden gun, stabbed in the neck, murder of a police officer, severed arm, assassination, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, assassin, handcuffs, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, explosion, violence, death, murder, blood

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. This is why Jack Reacher (2012) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Locations:tunnel
Characters:lawyer
Story:district attorney, british actor playing american character, prosecutor, hit with a baseball bat, suffocation, attorney, police chase, vigilante, character repeating someone else's dialogue, confession, police detective, prisoner, assassin, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:justice, anger, revenge
Locations:courtroom, cemetery
Characters:lawyer
Story:district attorney, legal system, death penalty, capital punishment, retribution, prosecutor, macguffin, woman with glasses, court, death of wife, confession, man with glasses, judge, death of friend, prisoner, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, beating, rape

Total Recall (2012) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

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

Themes:torture
Story:murder of a police officer, stabbed in the stomach, police chase, severed arm, character says i love you, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, disguise, assassin, spy, robot, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, cell phone, surprise ending, explosion, title spoken by character

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:justice, funeral, torture, revenge
Locations:cemetery
Story:british actor playing american character, severed leg, covered in blood, vigilante, severed arm, character repeating someone else's dialogue, confession, home invasion, no opening credits, severed head, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, decapitation, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, beating, fire, surprise ending

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

Escape Plan (2013)

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

Themes:sadism, torture, revenge
Characters:lawyer
Story:car bomb, prison warden, prison, solitary confinement, e mail, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, prisoner, disguise, f word, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. This is why American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, torture, revenge
Story:car bomb, tortured to death, british actor playing american character, hidden gun, filmed killing, missile, severed arm, death of child, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, death of friend, terrorist, assassin, f word, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

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

Themes:guilt, torture, revenge
Story:death threat, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the throat, missile, garage, character repeating someone else's dialogue, severed head, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, bound and gagged, assassin, decapitation, f word, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:justice, torture
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:spy, prisoner, court, judge, mob of reporters, deal, death penalty, prosecutor, police chase, law, missile, american flag, no opening credits, handcuffs, arrest, shot to death, prison, three word title, explosion, father daughter relationship

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

The Mummy (2017)

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

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:tunnel, cemetery
Story:macguffin, murder of family, buried alive, stabbed in the neck, missile, character repeating someone else's dialogue, assassination, no opening credits, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, death of friend, throat slitting, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, fire, surprise ending

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, revenge
Story:deal, severed leg, castration, stabbed in the neck, murder of a police officer, woman with glasses, dismemberment, severed arm, assassination, man with glasses, severed head, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, decapitation, shot in the head, shot to death, fire, tattoo, title spoken by character

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, revenge
Characters:lawyer
Story:british actor playing american character, body in a trunk, snorting cocaine, villain played by lead actor, briefcase, covered in blood, police chase, confession, severed head, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, decapitation, f word, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

Themes:sadism, guilt, torture
Story:terrorist, secret passage, filmed killing, stabbed in the neck, murder of a police officer, missile, severed arm, american flag, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, throat slitting, disguise, bound and gagged, assassin, f word, handcuffs, bomb

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:guilt, anger, funeral, torture
Locations:tunnel, cemetery
Characters:lawyer
Story:law, criminal mastermind, abandoned warehouse, informant, confession, no opening credits, man with glasses, police detective, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, death of friend, bound and gagged, spy, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

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

Themes:torture, revenge
Story:filmed killing, hit with a baseball bat, stabbed in the throat, police chase, missile, severed arm, poison, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, death of friend, throat slitting, disguise, terrorist, assassin, spy, f word, bomb, arrest

Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Locations:cemetery
Story:death of daughter, character says i love you, severed arm, american flag, death of wife, character repeating someone else's dialogue, severed head, exploding car, throat slitting, decapitation, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, title spoken by character, death, blood, murder

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. This is why Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Characters:engineer, lawyer
Story:murder of family, e mail, missile, american flag, no opening credits, man with glasses, exploding car, stabbed to death, death of friend, terrorist, bound and gagged, spy, f word, bomb, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, cell phone

In The Name Of The Father (1993)
Biography, Drama

In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, justice, torture
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:prison warden, city hall, death threat, attorney, judge, prisoner, disguise, terrorist, f word, handcuffs, bomb, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, beating, prison, explosion, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Story:severed leg, stabbed in the throat, child murder, death of child, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, exploding car, stabbed to death, death of friend, decapitation, f word, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, fire, explosion, title spoken by character

Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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:justice, sadism, anger, revenge
Story:british actor playing american character, murder of family, death of daughter, child murder, death of child, death of wife, police detective, f word, handcuffs, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, cell phone, rape, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship

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

Red 2 (2013)

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

Themes:funeral, torture, revenge
Story:car bomb, filmed killing, stabbed in the neck, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, disguise, terrorist, bound and gagged, assassin, spy, handcuffs, bomb, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, prison, cell phone

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