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Mad Max (1979)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max (1979)

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  tragedy,  terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:australia,  courtroom,  city,  desert,  hospital
Characters:warrior,  lawyer,  baby
Period:future
Story:motorcycle gang,  mad max,  playing saxophone,  death of partner,  run over by a truck,  woman with a gun,  woman driver,  future shock,  screaming woman,  woman wearing only a man's shirt,  motorcycle,  old woman,  murder of a baby,  death of baby,  motorcycle policeman,  sawed off shotgun,  motorcycle riding,  tragic hero,  shooting from car,  riding in a car,  killed in a car accident,  dragged by a car,  muscle car,  car trouble,  car chase,  driving a car,  implied rape,  exploding car,  action hero,  telephone call,  car accident,  shot with a gun,  ends with death,  tarzan spoof,  homosexual overtones,  lying on a bed,  voice box,  trackdown,  hissing,  driving alone,  watering can,  oil tanker,  australian apocalyptic,  hack saw,  marauder,  destruction of property,  carsploitation,  victimization,  reference to tarzan,  blonde child,  climbing stairs,  black leather,  screaming man,  kneed in the groin,  first of trilogy,  alliterative title,  road rage,  saying goodbye,  looking at picture,  blond man,  ice cream cone,  murder of wife,  chosen one,  waking up,  outlaw gang,  gun in mouth,  saxophone,  anarchy,  telling someone to shut up,  burned to death,  australian horror,  australian science fiction,  sign language,  mannequin,  opening a door,  chain,  siege,  highway,  partner,  barefoot,  biker,  crying man,  towel,  part of trilogy,  severed hand,  buttocks,  overalls,  vandalism,  ice cream,  burned alive,  maniac,  police shootout,  directorial debut,  first part,  dystopia,  automobile,  tragic event,  countryside,  pursuit,  evil man,  road movie,  death of wife,  post apocalypse,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  apology,  brunette,  truck,  weapon,  bridge,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  f word,  telephone,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  bikini,  shotgun,  hero,  car,  shot to death,  train,  rape,  panties,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  male full frontal nudity,  death,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  two word title,  gun,  murder,  sex,  violence,  dog

Mad Max 2 (1981)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max 2 (1981)

A former Australian policeman now living in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback as a warrior agrees to help a community of survivors living in a gasoline refinery to defend them and their gasoline supplies from evil barbarian warriors.

Mood:night
Locations:australia,  desert
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:sawed off shotgun,  motorcycle gang,  muscle car,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  mad max,  oil tanker,  marauder,  screaming man,  black leather,  blond man,  anarchy,  australian horror,  australian science fiction,  highway,  partner,  biker,  part of trilogy,  police shootout,  dystopia,  automobile,  road movie,  post apocalypse,  apology,  truck,  woman,  good versus evil,  hero,  motorcycle,  car,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  character name in title,  independent film,  murder,  death,  dog,  police,  violence

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Bartertown is a city on the edge of a desert that has managed to retain some technology if no civilization. Max has his supplies stolen and must seek shelter there in a post apocalyptic world where all machines have begun to break down and barbarians hold what is left. He becomes involved in a power struggle in this third Mad Max film where he must first survive the town, survive the desert and then rescue the innocent children he has discovered. (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:desert,  city,  australia
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:mad max,  playing saxophone,  screaming woman,  sawed off shotgun,  exploding car,  action hero,  blonde child,  saying goodbye,  saxophone,  telling someone to shut up,  australian horror,  australian science fiction,  part of trilogy,  police shootout,  dystopia,  pursuit,  post apocalypse,  apology,  weapon,  woman,  f word,  shotgun,  train,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  violence,  death

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  terrorism,  torture
Mood:night
Story:car chase,  driving a car,  exploding car,  telephone call,  car accident,  climbing stairs,  looking at picture,  burned to death,  opening a door,  burned alive,  automobile,  evil man,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  apology,  brunette,  telephone,  psychopath,  shotgun,  shot to death,  train,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  independent film,  violence,  murder,  death

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  revenge
Locations:desert,  australia
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:truck,  sawed off shotgun,  tragic hero,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  mad max,  carsploitation,  australian horror,  australian science fiction,  dystopia,  evil man,  road movie,  post apocalypse,  woman,  good versus evil,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  chase,  car,  explosion,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  death,  violence

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... This is why Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:woman with a gun,  motorcycle riding,  motorcycle gang,  riding in a car,  car chase,  driving a car,  exploding car,  action hero,  telephone call,  burned to death,  biker,  burned alive,  police shootout,  dystopia,  automobile,  tragic event,  post apocalypse,  cigar smoking,  truck,  weapon,  good versus evil,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  shotgun,  hero,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  gun,  murder,  death,  dog,  violence,  police

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)

Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Mephistopheles at the time (now Roarke), is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny's help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for, to help him take human form. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:tragic hero,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  burned to death,  chain,  biker,  burned alive,  truck,  weapon,  bridge,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  death,  murder

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  motorcycle gang,  action hero,  telephone call,  car accident,  biker,  evil man,  road movie,  man with glasses,  truck,  f word,  telephone,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  independent film,  two word title,  police,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder

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The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:city,  hospital
Characters:warrior,  lawyer
Story:anarchy,  hero,  sawed off shotgun,  tragic hero,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  telling someone to shut up,  burned to death,  burned alive,  maniac,  police shootout,  evil man,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  truck,  bridge,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  death,  dog,  violence

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

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

Themes:vengeance,  tragedy,  torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:city,  hospital
Story:tragic hero,  telephone call,  car accident,  hack saw,  severed hand,  first part,  tragic event,  evil man,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  woman,  good versus evil,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  rape,  panties,  cult film,  explosion,  death,  two word title,  murder,  police,  violence

Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. This is why Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior,  lawyer
Story:old woman,  tragic hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  telephone call,  car accident,  police shootout,  evil man,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  shotgun,  hero,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  death,  police,  murder,  violence,  gun

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

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

Themes:tragedy,  revenge
Mood:night
Characters:warrior
Story:siege,  car chase,  gun in mouth,  ice cream,  police shootout,  pursuit,  truck,  weapon,  woman,  good versus evil,  telephone,  handcuffs,  rifle,  shotgun,  car,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  police,  independent film,  murder,  death,  violence

P2 (2007) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

P2 (2007)

The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Themes:revenge
Mood:night
Locations:city
Story:dragged by a car,  car trouble,  car chase,  psychopath,  exploding car,  telephone call,  car accident,  car,  burned to death,  barefoot,  burned alive,  maniac,  apology,  woman,  ambulance,  f word,  handcuffs,  chase,  explosion,  independent film,  police,  death,  violence,  dog,  murder

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

Near Dark (1987)

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

Themes:revenge
Mood:night
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  car accident,  burned to death,  siege,  burned alive,  police shootout,  directorial debut,  road movie,  cigar smoking,  truck,  good versus evil,  f word,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  independent film,  dog,  gun,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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The Tournament (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Themes:vengeance,  torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  telephone call,  car accident,  murder of wife,  gun in mouth,  severed hand,  maniac,  evil man,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  apology,  truck,  woman,  f word,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  train,  chase,  explosion,  two word title,  murder,  death,  dog,  violence

The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... This is why The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979).

Themes:tragedy
Mood:night
Locations:city,  hospital
Characters:baby
Period:future
Story:car accident,  car,  severed hand,  maniac,  tragic event,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  truck,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  shot to death,  rape,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  police,  death

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

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

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Locations:city
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  anarchy,  burned to death,  biker,  burned alive,  police shootout,  directorial debut,  evil man,  truck,  good versus evil,  f word,  psychopath,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  rape,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  death,  murder,  dog,  gun,  violence,  police

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:tragedy,  torture
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:tragic hero,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  police shootout,  tragic event,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  truck,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  rape,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  death,  sex,  murder,  gun,  violence,  police

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

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

Themes:tragedy,  revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  action hero,  car accident,  barefoot,  part of trilogy,  directorial debut,  first part,  tragic event,  evil man,  good versus evil,  telephone,  bikini,  shotgun,  hero,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  character name in title,  independent film,  two word title,  death,  murder,  gun,  dog,  violence

Machete (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

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

Themes:torture,  revenge
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:death of partner,  screaming woman,  sawed off shotgun,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  murder of wife,  partner,  severed hand,  buttocks,  first part,  evil man,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  truck,  woman,  ambulance,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  rifle,  bikini,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  police,  murder,  violence,  gun

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The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
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. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:baby
Story:car chase,  telephone call,  buttocks,  police shootout,  directorial debut,  pursuit,  truck,  ambulance,  f word,  rifle,  shotgun,  shot to death,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death

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:terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Locations:city,  desert,  hospital
Characters:warrior,  lawyer
Story:sawed off shotgun,  tragic hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  anarchy,  siege,  barefoot,  police shootout,  tragic event,  evil man,  man with glasses,  truck,  bridge,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  police,  murder,  death

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

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

Themes:torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  reference to tarzan,  burned to death,  ice cream,  burned alive,  police shootout,  f word,  psychopath,  shotgun,  hero,  car,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  dog,  police,  gun,  violence,  death

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
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:terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior,  lawyer
Story:car chase,  driving a car,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  anarchy,  burned to death,  siege,  severed hand,  maniac,  tragic event,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  f word,  handcuffs,  rifle,  shotgun,  car,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  death,  dog,  murder,  violence

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:tragedy,  torture,  revenge
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:tragic hero,  car trouble,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  severed hand,  dystopia,  pursuit,  evil man,  truck,  f word,  handcuffs,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  train,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  police,  dog,  death,  murder,  gun,  violence

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 Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  torture
Locations:city
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  anarchy,  siege,  police shootout,  bridge,  telephone,  shotgun,  hero,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  character name in title,  police,  gun,  murder,  death

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Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

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

Themes:revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:car trouble,  car chase,  exploding car,  car accident,  car,  saxophone,  siege,  partner,  maniac,  man with glasses,  apology,  bridge,  woman,  good versus evil,  psychopath,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  death,  mother son relationship,  murder,  gun,  violence

The Hitcher (1986)
Thriller

The Hitcher (1986)

A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress.

Story:car chase,  car,  maniac,  directorial debut,  automobile,  road movie,  truck,  psychopath,  shotgun,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  police,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  gun,  murder,  death

Dawn Of The Dead (1978) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Following the events of _Night of the Living Dead (1968)_ (qv), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall following a horrific SWAT evacuation of an apartment complex. Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies inside so they can eke out a living--at least for a while. Tensions begin to build as months go on, and they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism. Soon afterward, they have even heavier problems to worry about, as a large gang of bikers discovers the mall and invades it, ruining the survivors' best-laid plans and forcing them to fight off both lethal bandits and flesh-eating zombies. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Mood:night
Locations:city
Characters:warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  motorcycle gang,  exploding car,  outlaw gang,  anarchy,  burned to death,  mannequin,  siege,  biker,  severed hand,  burned alive,  police shootout,  dystopia,  post apocalypse,  cigar smoking,  truck,  bridge,  woman,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  rifle,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  independent film,  gun,  police,  death,  dog,  violence,  murder

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Kokaku Kidotai (1995)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Kokaku Kidotai (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:future shock,  car chase,  exploding car,  car accident,  mannequin,  police shootout,  dystopia,  brunette,  bridge,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  independent film,  police,  murder,  violence,  death

Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. This is why Shoot 'em Up (2007) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:night
Locations:city
Characters:baby,  warrior
Story:woman,  car chase,  action hero,  telephone call,  kneed in the groin,  road rage,  severed hand,  evil man,  death of wife,  man with glasses,  shotgun,  hero,  shot to death,  panties,  cult film,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  dog,  death

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:torture,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  lawyer
Story:motorcycle gang,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  biker,  bridge,  ambulance,  f word,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  train,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  murder,  violence,  death

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The Fast And The Furious (2001) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
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)

Mood:night
Locations:desert
Story:truck,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  police shootout,  first part,  evil man,  brunette,  telephone,  bikini,  shotgun,  hero,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  train,  cult film,  chase,  police,  murder,  violence

Desperado (1995)
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:revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:woman,  sawed off shotgun,  tragic hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  part of trilogy,  evil man,  cigar smoking,  good versus evil,  f word,  shotgun,  hero,  shot to death,  panties,  cult film,  explosion,  violence,  gun,  death,  murder

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

Death Race (2008)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  chain,  burned alive,  first part,  dystopia,  f word,  shotgun,  hero,  car,  shot to death,  train,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  murder,  death,  violence

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Vampires (1998)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Vampires (1998)

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix. This is why Vampires (1998) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  torture,  revenge
Mood:night
Locations:desert
Story:sawed off shotgun,  action hero,  car accident,  burned to death,  severed hand,  buttocks,  burned alive,  pursuit,  cigar smoking,  ambulance,  good versus evil,  shotgun,  shot to death,  train,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  violence,  murder,  death

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how - with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  revenge
Locations:city,  hospital
Characters:baby
Period:future
Story:sawed off shotgun,  motorcycle riding,  telephone call,  hack saw,  gun in mouth,  severed hand,  burned alive,  shotgun,  shot to death,  train,  cult film,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  murder

Haute Tension (2003)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Haute Tension (2003)

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:night
Locations:hospital
Story:car chase,  telephone call,  car accident,  murder of wife,  severed hand,  maniac,  pursuit,  evil man,  death of wife,  woman,  telephone,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  rape,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  police,  dog,  gun,  death,  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:tragedy,  terrorism
Locations:city,  hospital
Story:car chase,  exploding car,  car accident,  police shootout,  tragic event,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  f word,  handcuffs,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  gun,  dog,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

Black Dynamite (2009)
Action, Comedy

Black Dynamite (2009)

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  revenge
Locations:city,  hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  apology,  woman,  f word,  shotgun,  hero,  shot to death,  cult film,  chase,  character name in title,  two word title,  murder,  gun,  violence

American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. This is why American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:tragic hero,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  gun in mouth,  anarchy,  tragic event,  man with glasses,  f word,  handcuffs,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  train,  chase,  explosion,  two word title,  death,  dog,  murder,  violence

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

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:terrorism,  torture
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:car chase,  driving a car,  exploding car,  telephone call,  automobile,  pursuit,  cigar smoking,  man with glasses,  weapon,  woman,  f word,  telephone,  rifle,  car,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  violence,  dog,  murder

Bad Boys (1995)
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)

Story:car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  partner,  police shootout,  directorial debut,  first part,  automobile,  pursuit,  brunette,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  shotgun,  hero,  car,  shot to death,  train,  panties,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  police,  dog,  gun,  violence,  death

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  terrorism,  torture,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  baby
Story:telephone call,  anarchy,  pursuit,  man with glasses,  truck,  weapon,  bridge,  woman,  male pubic hair,  handcuffs,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  train,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  death,  gun,  police,  violence,  dog

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Chaos (2005) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:sawed off shotgun,  car chase,  exploding car,  car accident,  partner,  biker,  police shootout,  automobile,  weapon,  bridge,  ambulance,  shotgun,  hero,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  explosion,  police,  death,  violence,  murder

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

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:baby,  warrior
Story:sawed off shotgun,  tragic hero,  car chase,  driving a car,  exploding car,  car accident,  sign language,  police shootout,  man with glasses,  bridge,  f word,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  car,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  gun,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

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

Ride Along (2014)

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

Themes:torture
Locations:hospital
Story:motorcycle gang,  car chase,  exploding car,  action hero,  car accident,  biker,  police shootout,  ambulance,  handcuffs,  shotgun,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:night
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:telephone call,  car accident,  barefoot,  buttocks,  maniac,  pursuit,  evil man,  cigar smoking,  bridge,  woman,  psychopath,  rifle,  shotgun,  car,  rape,  chase,  explosion,  murder,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  sex,  gun,  violence,  police

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Mad Max (1979)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Locations:australia
Story:exploding car,  car accident,  first of trilogy,  australian horror,  australian science fiction,  part of trilogy,  first part,  bridge,  rifle,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  violence,  murder,  death

The Condemned (2007)
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:revenge
Story:implied rape,  action hero,  burned alive,  dystopia,  death of wife,  cigar smoking,  f word,  shotgun,  hero,  shot to death,  rape,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  violence

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