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Lawless (2012)
Crime, Drama

Lawless (2012)

In 1931, in Franklin County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:campfire,  hotel,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff
Period:1930s,  1940s
Story:preacher's daughter,  bootlegging,  virginia,  deputy,  covered bridge,  double barreled shotgun,  church service,  gangster,  fire in 55 gallon drum,  applying for a job,  thompson sub machine gun,  tar and feathers,  clothes on fire,  hit in the throat,  gas pump,  year 1931,  burning clothing,  bootlegger,  falling through ice,  year 1940,  brass knuckles,  shooting a police officer,  barricade,  starts with narration,  moonshine,  prohibition,  tommy gun,  hit with a shovel,  shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  kicked in the head,  wake,  roadblock,  narrated by character,  younger version of character,  police raid,  castration,  shot in the face,  social commentary,  preacher,  exploding building,  shot in the stomach,  what happened to epilogue,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  legend,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  bridge,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  castration,  shot in the face,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  throat slitting,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence

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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:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff
Period:1930s
Story:prohibition,  tommy gun,  shot in the face,  social commentary,  preacher,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  bridge,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

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:revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:double barreled shotgun,  shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Story:double barreled shotgun,  shot in the throat,  narrated by character,  younger version of character,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the shoulder,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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Last Man Standing (1996)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Last Man Standing (1996)

John Smith is an amoral gunslinger in the days of Prohibition. On the lam from his latest (unspecified) exploits, he happens upon the town of Jericho, Texas. Actually, calling Jericho a town would be too generous--it has become more like a ghost town, since two warring gangs have 'driven off all the decent folk.' Smith sees this as an opportunity to play both sides off against each other, earning himself a nice piece of change as a hired gun. Despite his strictly avowed mercenary intentions, he finds himself risking his life for his, albeit skewed, sense of honor.... This is why Last Man Standing (1996) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:sheriff
Period:1930s
Story:bootlegger,  prohibition,  tommy gun,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  person on fire,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:brutality
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:shot in the throat,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  bridge,  f word,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)

Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened. By chance, Jian turns to Jessica - a US farm girl who is one of Richard's hookers - for help. She has her own problems, including the fact that Richard has her daughter locked in an orphanage to keep Jessica on the streets and silent about his activities. Can Jian protect Jessica, rescue her daughter, and give Richard the kiss of the dragon? (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:hit in the throat,  shooting a police officer,  kicked in the head,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  stabbed in the back,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Story:shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  kicked in the head,  shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:church,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff
Story:shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  montage,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Hummingbird (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:revenge
Locations:church
Story:exploding building,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  montage,  f word,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar,  hospital
Story:police raid,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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

Serbuan Maut (2011)

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

Themes:brutality
Story:shooting a police officer,  shot in the throat,  kicked in the head,  police raid,  shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:sheriff
Story:deputy,  narrated by character,  shot in the face,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

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The Untouchables (1987)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Untouchables (1987)

1920's prohibition Chicago is corrupt from the judges downward. So in going up against Al Capone, Treasury agent Eliot Ness picks just two cops to help him and his accountant colleague. One is a sharp-shooting rookie, the other a seen-it-all beat man. The four of them are ready to battle Capone and his empire, but it could just be that guns are not the best way to get him. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Period:1930s
Story:prohibition,  tommy gun,  police raid,  shot in the face,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  based on true story,  explosion,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
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 Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar,  hospital
Story:kicked in the head,  narrated by character,  shot in the face,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

The Condemned (2007) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Story:social commentary,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  cigar smoking,  throat slitting,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  violence

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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:brutality,  revenge
Locations:church
Story:tommy gun,  shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  f word,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  murder

Shooter (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Shooter (2007)

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:shooting a police officer,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  one word title,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

The Gunman (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Gunman (2015)

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically incapacitated by a type of accumulated and evolving physical brain damage caused by the hard knocks of his occupation. Unexpectedly, given the time that has elapsed, his reconnection to his old assassination team exposes additional intrigues with immediate deadly consequences. All of his years spent in hiding, have merely delayed the twisted end game that now enfolds. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar,  hospital
Story:hit with a shovel,  shot in the throat,  shot in the stomach,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

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Killer Elite (2011) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
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. This is why Killer Elite (2011) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Story:what happened to epilogue,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:deputy,  shot in the throat,  wake,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:shot in the throat,  deputy,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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Gangster Squad (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

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

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Period:1940s
Story:thompson sub machine gun,  tommy gun,  police raid,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
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:revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:double barreled shotgun,  shooting a police officer,  deputy,  police raid,  shot in the stomach,  neck breaking,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. This is why Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:starts with narration,  narrated by character,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence

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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:brutality,  funeral
Locations:church,  bar,  hospital
Story:police raid,  shot in the face,  exploding building,  what happened to epilogue,  police officer killed,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:police raid,  exploding building,  shot in the stomach,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  bridge,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Locations:hospital
Period:1930s
Story:shot in the foot,  exploding building,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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Kill List (2011)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kill List (2011)

Themes:brutality
Locations:hotel
Story:shot in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  death of friend,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Street Kings (2008)

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. This is why Street Kings (2008) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Story:hit with a shovel,  shot in the throat,  shot in the face,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  f word,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  violence,  murder

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

Lone Survivor (2013)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  narrated by character,  shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  f word,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:shot in the throat,  shot in the shoulder,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  montage,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

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

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

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

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:shot in the face,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  montage,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Looper (2012)
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:revenge
Story:starts with narration,  younger version of character,  shot in the face,  social commentary,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  montage,  f word,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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Sabotage (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabotage (2014)

An elite DEA team raids the safe house of a drug cartel and hide $10 million in the plumbing. When they go back to retrieve the money it is not there. The team is under investigation for the missing $10 million. Then after a couple months the investigation is lifted. The team trains together again and then celebrates at a strip club. Then one of the team is murdered. He wakes up in his RV on railroad tracks. Then a second team member is nailed to the ceiling. The third team member is gunned down at his remote cabin. There is a female City of Atlanta investigator in charge of the murders. After investigating the cartel angle, the twisted truth comes to light. This is why Sabotage (2014) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:police raid,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar,  hospital
Story:shot in the foot,  shot in the throat,  shot in the face,  social commentary,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  montage,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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

Max Payne (2008)

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

Themes:funeral,  revenge
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:wake,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence

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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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral
Locations:bar
Characters:sheriff
Story:deputy,  shot in the stomach,  corrupt cop,  shot in the shoulder,  cigar smoking,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  bridge,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  murder,  violence

Safe (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Safe (2012)

In China, the girl Mei is a genius that looks like a computer in numbers. She is abducted by the Chinese Triads and the boss Han Jiao ends Mei to Chinatown, in New York, to help him in the control of his activities. Meanwhile, the fighter Luke Wright has his life destroyed when he wins a fight against the will of the Russian Mafia and accidentally kills his opponent. The Russian mobsters kill his wife and the alcoholic Luke wanders on the streets and hostels with no objective in life. One day, Han Jiao asks Mei to memorize a long number and soon the Russian Mafia abducts the girl from the Chinese mobs. She escapes from the mobsters and is chased by the Russians; by the corrupt detectives from the NYPD; and by the Triads. When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl and discovers that the number she had memorized is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars. Luke is an elite agent and uses his skills to protect the girl. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:hotel,  church,  bar,  hospital
Story:hit in the throat,  corrupt cop,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. This is why Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Locations:hotel,  bar,  hospital
Characters:sheriff
Period:1930s
Story:prohibition,  tommy gun,  shot in the face,  shot in the stomach,  what happened to epilogue,  shot in the shoulder,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  based on true story,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  murder

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

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

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

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:roadblock,  younger version of character,  police raid,  kicked in the face,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  bridge,  f word,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Story:police raid,  shot in the face,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  throat slitting,  montage,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:double barreled shotgun,  shot in the foot,  shot in the face,  kicked in the face,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  f word,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
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." (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:shot in the foot,  neck breaking,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  f word,  car chase,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. This is why Lat Sau San Taam (1992) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:hospital
Story:social commentary,  exploding building,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  death of friend,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence

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)

Themes:brutality
Story:tommy gun,  exploding building,  shot in the shoulder,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  f word,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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London Boulevard (2010)
Crime, Drama

London Boulevard (2010)

Fresh out of prison, Mitchel wants nothing to do with crime but accepts a kip from Billy, a marginal grafter, and accompanies Billy on rent collection trips. He's also old school, wanting revenge on two youths for assaulting a mendicant he's befriended. He's got a strung-out sister to protect, and he's offered a job protecting a famous actress from paparazzi. The plot lines join when Michael finds himself attracted to the actress and Billy's Mob boss, Gant, finds ways to force Michael work for him. He also warns Michael off revenge against the assailants of his friend. What are Michael's options: is there any way to avoid Gant, protect his sister, and find a path to love? (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:corrupt cop,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  police officer killed,  death of friend,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

Red State (2011) is one of the best movies like Lawless (2012)
Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller

Red State (2011)

The teenager Jarod invites his best friends Travis and Billy-Ray to have a foursome with a thirty-eight year-old woman. While driving to meet the woman, Travis hit a car parked on the road. When they meet the woman, she gives spiked beer to them and they pass out. When the three friends wake up, they find that they are trapped in the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the infamous Pastor Abin Cooper and that they will be killed. Meanwhile the church is under siege by ATF agents led by Agent Joseph Keenan that have been ordered to destroy the terrorist cell. Will the teenagers be saved by the agents of the law enforcement agency? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:church
Characters:sheriff
Story:wake,  deputy,  preacher,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  police officer killed,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  bare chested male,  murder

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. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:church,  bar
Story:burning clothing,  brass knuckles,  narrated by character,  police raid,  what happened to epilogue,  stabbed in the back,  legend,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  f word,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  gangster,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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