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Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship.

Themes:depression, anger, torture, christmas, drugs, kidnapping, suicide
Locations:desert, nightclub, boat
Characters:detective, prostitute
Period:1980s
Story:suicidal, heroin smuggling, buddy film, buddy movie, buddy cop, vietnam veteran, undercover cop, sniper rifle, sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, electrical torture, anti hero, police detective, christmas carol, police shootout, action hero, christmas tree, semiautomatic pistol, police officer, suicide by jumping

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, kidnapping
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:buddy cop, undercover cop, pump action shotgun, anti hero, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, police protagonist, beverly hills california, police procedural, black cop, police captain, maverick cop, beretta, tough cop, wisecrack humor, smuggling, blockbuster, machismo

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, suicide
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:buddy movie, buddy cop, sniper rifle, police detective, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, police protagonist, maverick cop, submachine gun, two man army, tough cop, buddy, assassination attempt, shot in the arm, duel, sniper, exploding car, ambush

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:suicide
Story:sniper rifle, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, shooting range, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, target practice, self mutilation, assassination attempt, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, neck breaking, widower, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, sniper, ambush

Bad Boys (1995) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Boys (1995)

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:buddy cop, heroin, pump action shotgun, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, foot chase, trailer narrated by hal douglas, black cop, police captain, maverick cop, quick draw, two man army, tough cop, wisecrack humor, buddy, swat team, blockbuster, machismo

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything. This is why Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:buddy cop, pump action shotgun, anti hero, police detective, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, police psychologist, trailer narrated by hal douglas, cop on the edge, police partner, police procedural, black cop, jujitsu, six shooter, police captain, maverick cop, trailer home, quick draw, two man army, beretta

Rush Hour (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour (1998)

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:buddy cop, undercover cop, police detective, police shootout, action hero, foot chase, black cop, police captain, maverick cop, quick draw, two man army, tough cop, wisecrack humor, smuggling, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, first part, undercover, exploding car

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

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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

Themes:suicide
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:sawed off shotgun, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, shooting range, maverick cop, two man army, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, tough cop, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, target practice, jumping from height, head butt, hand grenade, police brutality, shot in the arm, neck breaking

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

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

Themes:drugs
Story:sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, anti hero, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, quick draw, body landing on a car, wisecrack humor, m 16, assassination attempt, hand grenade, machismo, shot in the arm, neck breaking, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, drug dealer, ambush, assassin

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

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

Themes:christmas, kidnapping
Characters:detective
Period:1980s
Story:sniper rifle, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, christmas tree, famous line, maverick cop, quick draw, beretta, body landing on a car, tough cop, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, police brutality, shot in the arm, first part

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. This is why Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:nightclub
Story:undercover cop, sniper rifle, sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, anti hero, police shootout, action hero, six shooter, beretta, swat team, blockbuster, head butt, machismo, neck breaking, undercover, police officer killed, sniper, exploding car, interracial relationship, cocaine

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective
Story:buddy cop, sniper rifle, police detective, police shootout, foot chase, police procedural, exploding house, police captain, two man army, cartoon on tv, beretta, body landing on a car, assassination attempt, police brutality, undercover, limousine, sniper, cocaine, drug dealer, assassin

22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:buddy cop, undercover cop, undercover, police detective, police shootout, action hero, foot chase, police captain, two man army, bulletproof vest, wisecrack humor, hand grenade, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, exploding car, interracial relationship, drug dealer, police station, handcuffs

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:torture
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:sawed off shotgun, anti hero, police detective, action hero, foot chase, submachine gun, assault rifle, retirement, assassination attempt, henchman, neck breaking, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, assassin, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, brawl, gunfight

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good.

Locations:boat
Characters:detective
Story:buddy cop, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, police procedural, black cop, jujitsu, six shooter, maverick cop, two man army, beretta, tough cop, smuggling, buddy, blockbuster, machismo, police brutality, shot in the arm, exploding car

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. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Locations:desert, boat
Story:sniper rifle, action hero, foot chase, covert operation, bulletproof vest, assault rifle, target practice, jumping from height, self mutilation, assassination attempt, hand grenade, shot in the arm, undercover, limousine, sniper, exploding car, ambush, assassin, handcuffs, hand to hand combat

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
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:torture, christmas
Locations:nightclub
Characters:prostitute
Story:undercover cop, pump action shotgun, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, black cop, shooting range, drive by shooting, maverick cop, tough cop, wisecrack humor, target practice, assassination attempt, head butt, hand grenade, machismo, heroin, neck breaking, undercover

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Period:1980s
Story:vietnam veteran, sniper rifle, anti hero, action hero, rescue, covert operation, blockbuster, vietnam, head butt, hand grenade, machismo, neck breaking, duel, shot in the leg, sniper, exploding car, ambush, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl

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

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:torture, christmas, suicide
Characters:detective
Story:buddy movie, buddy cop, pump action shotgun, anti hero, action hero, christmas tree, foot chase, defenestration, drive by shooting, quick draw, two man army, body landing on a car, wisecrack humor, jumping from height, assassination attempt, hand grenade, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, undercover

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

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

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

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:police detective, buddy cop, sniper rifle, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, famous line, exploding house, maverick cop, body landing on a car, tough cop, buddy, blockbuster, assassination attempt, hand grenade, machismo, shot in the arm, neck breaking, limousine, shot in the forehead

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Martin Riggs finally meets his match in the form of Lorna Cole, a beautiful but tough policewoman. Together with Roger Murtaugh, his partner, the three attempt to expose a crooked former policeman and his huge arms racket. The crooked cop (Jack Travis) thwarts them at every turn, mainly by killing anyone who is about to talk, but Murtaugh has personal problems of his own as his family are brought into the equation. This is why Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Story:buddy cop, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, police psychologist, house trailer, cop on the edge, police procedural, black cop, shooting range, jujitsu, six shooter, maverick cop, quick draw, two man army, beretta, tough cop, buddy, retirement, blockbuster, machismo

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

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

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert
Period:1980s
Story:action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, ex special forces, beretta, assault rifle, m 16, target practice, assassination attempt, head butt, shot in the arm, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, assassin, hand to hand combat, brawl, tough guy, rescue

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:nightclub
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:buddy cop, undercover cop, police detective, police shootout, police captain, maverick cop, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, tough cop, swat team, head butt, hand grenade, police brutality, henchman, undercover, shot in the forehead, exploding car, cocaine, drug dealer, ambush

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:nightclub
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase, memorial service, drive by shooting, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, assassination attempt, head butt, shot in the arm, undercover, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, ambush, assassin, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, falling from height, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, rescue

The Fast And The Furious (2001) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Fast And The Furious (2001)

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

Locations:desert
Characters:detective
Story:undercover, undercover cop, pump action shotgun, police detective, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, drive by shooting, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, first part, first of series, exploding car, ambush, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated. This is why Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:boat
Characters:detective
Story:buddy cop, sniper rifle, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, maverick cop, carjacking, quick draw, two man army, beretta, tough cop, wisecrack humor, buddy, swat team, blockbuster, assassination attempt, head butt, hand grenade, machismo

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Period:1980s
Story:vietnam, vietnam veteran, pump action shotgun, anti hero, action hero, rescue, foot chase, ex special forces, covert operation, wisecrack humor, blockbuster, hand grenade, machismo, first part, neck breaking, exploding car, ambush, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

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

Themes:kidnapping
Story:anti hero, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, body landing on a car, jumping from height, swat team, head butt, undercover, shot in the leg, exploding car, ambush, assassin, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, showdown, falling from height, brawl, gunfight

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
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:christmas, torture, drugs, kidnapping
Story:sniper rifle, anti hero, action hero, drive by shooting, suicidal, bulletproof vest, target practice, assassination attempt, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, first part, neck breaking, shot in the leg, sniper, exploding car, drug dealer, assassin, hand to hand combat, showdown

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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

Themes:torture, kidnapping, suicide
Locations:desert
Characters:detective
Story:sniper rifle, sawed off shotgun, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, foot chase, wet jeans, carjacking, bulletproof vest, retirement, jumping from height, swat team, blockbuster, assassination attempt, head butt, hand grenade, henchman, neck breaking, limousine

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? This is why Death Race (2008) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:anti hero, action hero, swat team, loss of wife, self mutilation, machismo, police brutality, first part, neck breaking, shot in the leg, exploding car, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, shot in the head, shotgun, hero, shot in the chest

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, kidnapping
Story:sniper rifle, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, ex special forces, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, wisecrack humor, jumping from height, swat team, blockbuster, assassination attempt, head butt, hand grenade, henchman, limousine, sniper, exploding car, ambush, assassin

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs, kidnapping
Story:anti hero, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, six shooter, exploding house, cowboy boots, body landing on a car, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, assassination attempt, head butt, hand grenade, henchman, heroin, neck breaking, undercover, shot in the forehead, exploding car, drug dealer, ambush

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. (Read More)

Themes:torture, suicide
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:anti hero, police detective, action hero, foot chase, body landing on a car, jumping from height, self mutilation, head butt, heroin, neck breaking, limousine, police officer killed, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, showdown, falling from height

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:torture, kidnapping
Story:sniper rifle, pump action shotgun, anti hero, action hero, foot chase, wisecrack humor, target practice, swat team, assassination attempt, hand grenade, shot in the arm, undercover, shot in the leg, sniper, exploding car, ambush, assassin, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat

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. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, kidnapping
Locations:nightclub, boat
Characters:detective
Story:hero, sniper rifle, sawed off shotgun, anti hero, police detective, police shootout, action hero, police procedural, famous line, jujitsu, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, assault rifle, jumping from height, swat team, blockbuster, hand grenade, police brutality, henchman, limousine

Point Break (1991) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Point Break (1991)

In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Characters:detective
Story:undercover, undercover cop, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, wet jeans, beretta, target practice, buddy, machismo, heroin, police officer killed, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, los angeles california

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:swat team, undercover cop, sniper rifle, action hero, tough cop, assault rifle, police brutality, first part, neck breaking, suicide attempt, undercover, shot in the leg, ambush, hand to hand combat, falling from height, brawl, tough guy, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest

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:torture
Characters:prostitute
Story:action hero, semiautomatic pistol, quick draw, bulletproof vest, swat team, shot in the arm, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, sniper, assassin, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, brawl, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, fistfight, shot to death

Bad Boys II (2003)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Boys II (2003)

Narcotics cops Mike Lowrey ('Will Smith (I)' (qv)) and Marcus Burnett ('Martin Lawrence (I)' (qv)) head up a task force investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Their search leads to a dangerous kingpin Johnny Tapia ('Jordi Molla' (qv)), whose plan to control the city's drug traffic has touched off an underground war. Meanwhile, things get sexy between Mike and Syd ('Gabrielle Union' (qv)), Marcus's sister. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:prostitute
Story:buddy cop, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, black cop, exploding house, two man army, wisecrack humor, smuggling, buddy, swat team, self mutilation, shot in the arm, undercover, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, drug dealer, showdown

First Blood (1982) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Adventure, Drama

First Blood (1982)

John J. Rambo is a former United States Special Forces soldier who fought in Vietnam and won the Congressional Medal of Honor, but his time in Vietnam still haunts him. As he came to Hope, Washington to visit a friend, he was guided out of town by the Sheriff William Teasel who insults Rambo, but what Teasel does not know that his insult angered Rambo to the point where Rambo became violent and was arrested. As he was at the county jail being cleaned, he escapes and goes on a rampage through the forest to try to escape from the sheriffs who want to kill him. Then, as Rambo's commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to save both the Sheriff's department and Rambo before the situation gets out of hand. This is why First Blood (1982) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:torture, christmas, suicide
Period:1980s
Story:vietnam, vietnam veteran, sniper rifle, anti hero, police shootout, action hero, foot chase, ex special forces, m 16, jumping from height, machismo, police brutality, first part, first of series, police officer killed, sniper, exploding car, police station, revolver, handcuffs

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

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

Themes:christmas
Story:drug dealer, anti hero, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, famous line, maverick cop, quick draw, cartoon on tv, beretta, bulletproof vest, tough cop, wisecrack humor, m 16, swat team, blockbuster, hand grenade, machismo, police officer killed, shot in the forehead

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:anger, torture, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:anti hero, action hero, foot chase, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, swat team, self mutilation, assassination attempt, hand grenade, henchman, shot in the arm, neck breaking, limousine, police officer killed, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, assassin

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective
Story:anti hero, police detective, body landing on a car, jumping from height, self mutilation, hand grenade, police brutality, henchman, shot in the arm, neck breaking, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, police station, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, showdown, falling from height, brawl, gunfight

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:sniper rifle, foot chase, bulletproof vest, wisecrack humor, target practice, swat team, assassination attempt, hand grenade, shot in the arm, undercover, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, sniper, exploding car, interracial relationship, cocaine, drug dealer, assassin, police station, revolver

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! This is why Machete (2010) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987). (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:sniper rifle, sawed off shotgun, anti hero, action hero, rescue, exploding house, carjacking, body landing on a car, bulletproof vest, assassination attempt, machismo, police brutality, henchman, shot in the arm, first part, undercover, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, sniper

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:anger, torture, drugs
Locations:boat
Characters:detective, prostitute
Story:undercover, undercover cop, pump action shotgun, police detective, police shootout, target practice, head butt, heroin, limousine, police officer killed, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, exploding car, cocaine, drug dealer, ambush, police station, revolver, handcuffs, falling from height

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:torture, christmas, kidnapping
Story:sniper rifle, anti hero, action hero, christmas tree, foot chase, ex special forces, bulletproof vest, wisecrack humor, assault rifle, m 16, swat team, hand grenade, machismo, shot in the arm, first part, neck breaking, police officer killed, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, sniper

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger, kidnapping
Locations:boat
Characters:prostitute
Story:anti hero, action hero, foot chase, wisecrack humor, target practice, jumping from height, loss of wife, blockbuster, assassination attempt, head butt, henchman, shot in the arm, shot in the leg, ambush, prostitution, hand to hand combat, showdown, falling from height, brawl, tough guy

Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? (Read More)

Story:pump action shotgun, police shootout, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, jujitsu, m 16, assassination attempt, hand grenade, ambush, hand to hand combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, shotgun, hero, machine gun, fistfight, shootout

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