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Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Man On Fire (2004)

Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. (Read More)

Themes:justice, alcoholism, redemption, tragedy, blackmail, torture, betrayal, religion, kidnapping, suicide, revenge, friendship, love
Locations:mexico, city, rooftop, nightclub, restaurant, hospital
Characters:bible, alcoholic, warrior, hostage
Story:ex cia agent, cia agent, cia, bodyguard, whiskey bottle, kidnap for ransom, federal agent, secret agent, swimming contest, swimming competition, swimming lesson, swimming pool, child kidnapping, adult child friendship, revenge motive, playing golf indoors, warning shot, lighting someone's cigarette, drinking whisky, misfiring gun

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:mexico, nightclub, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, agent, cia, retribution, federal agent, righteous rage, shot in the foot, murder of a child, mass murder, bullet, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, latex gloves, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

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, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, love
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:ex cia agent, cia agent, secret agent, shot in the foot, shot in the hand, timebomb, agent, cia, die hard scenario, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, exploding car, spy, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, shootout, cell phone

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:redemption, tragedy, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:mexico, hospital
Characters:alcoholic, warrior, hostage
Story:death of title character, tragic ending, righteous rage, shot in the foot, bloodshed, shot in the hand, main character dies, death of protagonist, killing spree, tragic hero, bullet, dismemberment, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, child in peril, exploding car, alcohol, watching tv

Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
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. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, torture
Locations:city, nightclub, restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:secret agent, ex military, gun fire, rave, timebomb, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, mass murder, agent, corrupt cop, mercenary, police officer killed, exploding car, spy, bomb, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

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. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, swimming pool, timebomb, agent, cia, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, spy, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, telephone call, explosion, cigarette smoking

Taken 2 (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Taken 2 (2012)

The retired CIA agent Bryan Mills invites his teenage daughter Kim and his ex-wife Lenore, who has separated from her second husband, to spend a couple of days in Istanbul where he is working. Meanwhile, the patriarch of the community of the Albanian gang of human trafficking, Murad Krasniqi, seeks revenge for the death of his son and organizes another gang to kidnap Bryan and his family. Bryan and Lenore are abducted by the Albanians, but Kim escapes and is the only hope that Bryan has to escape and save Lenore. (Read More)

Themes:justice, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, ex cia agent, agent, cia, swimming pool, revenge motive, kidnapped girl, retribution, bloodshed, corrupt cop, die hard scenario, exploding car, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, telephone call, explosion, cigarette smoking

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

Sicario (2015)

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

Themes:justice, tragedy, blackmail, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:mexico
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, agent, gun held to head, tragic hero, police corruption, interracial friendship, corrupt cop, cia, mercenary, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, police officer killed, assassination, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
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:betrayal, suicide, revenge
Locations:rooftop, nightclub
Characters:warrior
Story:cia agent, swimming pool, shot in the foot, grenade launcher, rpg, rocket launcher, cia, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, exploding car, spy, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

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, revenge
Locations:mexico, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:secret agent, agent, what happened to epilogue, bullet, mercenary, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, assassination, exploding car, spy, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, explosion, cigarette smoking, based on novel, violence, murder

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:betrayal, suicide, revenge
Locations:rooftop, restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:shot in the foot, grenade launcher, tragic hero, rpg, rocket launcher, arson, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, assassination, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, cell phone, explosion, cigarette smoking

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:redemption, tragedy, blackmail, torture, betrayal, suicide, love, revenge
Locations:city, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:misfiring gun, severed ear, hospital bed, tragic hero, police corruption, severed finger, corrupt cop, dismemberment, vigilante, mercenary, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, cell phone, telephone call, explosion

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
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, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:secret agent, stuffed animal, grenade launcher, interracial friendship, whiskey, rocket launcher, bullet, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, latex gloves, exploding car, spy, alcohol, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident

The Expendables (2010)
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:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:mexico, city, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, swimming pool, righteous rage, rocket launcher, ransom, agent, cia, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

From Paris With Love (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, love
Locations:rooftop, restaurant
Story:cia agent, secret agent, cia, rocket launcher, agent, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, exploding car, spy, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, violence

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? This is why Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:justice, tragedy, betrayal, religion, kidnapping, suicide, revenge, love
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent, swimming pool, retribution, ransom, mass murder, agent, what happened to epilogue, bullet, cia, bodyguard, businessman, child in peril, assassination, journalist, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death

Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
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:torture, betrayal, religion, kidnapping, suicide, friendship
Locations:rooftop, restaurant, hospital
Story:cia agent, hospital bed, mercedes benz, fast motion scene, rpg, cia, die hard scenario, exploding body, exploding car, newspaper, spy, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, telephone call

2 Guns (2013)
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, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship, love
Locations:mexico
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, federal agent, glock, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, agent, arson, cia, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, exploding car, swimming, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:justice, tragedy, blackmail, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, love, friendship
Locations:city, rooftop, nightclub, restaurant, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:vigilante, tragic ending, timebomb, killing spree, tragic hero, rpg, police corruption, rocket launcher, mass murder, corrupt cop, die hard scenario, exploding body, bodyguard, police officer killed, child in peril, assassination, exploding car, journalist, reporter, bomb

The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:mexico, rooftop, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, secret agent, cia, gun held to head, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, agent, corrupt cop, mercenary, exploding body, exploding car, journalist, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, violence

Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. This is why Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:rooftop, restaurant, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, agent, secret agent, righteous rage, tragic hero, arson, bodyguard, police officer killed, assassination, exploding car, spy, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, shootout, telephone call, explosion

Red (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red (2010)

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:ex cia agent, cia agent, agent, cia, stuffed animal, grenade launcher, rpg, severed finger, rocket launcher, die hard scenario, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, latex gloves, exploding car, spy, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, cell phone

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, love, revenge
Locations:city, nightclub, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, agent, spy, secret agent, die hard scenario, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, assassination, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, husband wife relationship, violence, murder

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Themes:tragedy, betrayal, kidnapping, love
Locations:rooftop, nightclub, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:tragic ending, main character dies, death of protagonist, whiskey, exploding body, police officer killed, exploding car, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, three word title, explosion, murder, dog, death

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
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:love, revenge
Locations:mexico, hospital
Story:righteous rage, shot in the hand, tragic hero, rocket launcher, bullet, vigilante, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, latex gloves, child in peril, exploding car, shot in the head, remake, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, explosion

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. This is why The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, suicide, revenge
Locations:city, rooftop, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:cia agent, hospital bed, timebomb, murder of a child, tragic hero, cia, vigilante, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, bodyguard, police officer killed, child in peril, exploding car, bomb, watching tv, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, neo noir

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:justice, torture
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:intergenerational friendship, police corruption, corrupt cop, arson, vigilante, die hard scenario, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, shot in the head, remake, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, cell phone, explosion, violence, murder

The Crow (1994)
Action, Drama, Fantasy

The Crow (1994)

A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancee are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. (Read More)

Themes:justice, revenge, love
Locations:city, rooftop, hospital
Characters:warrior
Story:death of title character, righteous rage, shot in the hand, rave, main character dies, tragic hero, bullet, arson, vigilante, child in peril, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, death

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:justice, redemption, blackmail, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, love
Locations:rooftop
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:cia agent, grenade launcher, death of protagonist, rocket launcher, bullet, cia, vigilante, mercenary, exploding body, employer employee relationship, bodyguard, child in peril, exploding car, journalist, newspaper, reporter, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:rooftop, city
Characters:warrior
Story:cia agent, stuffed animal, grenade launcher, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, police officer killed, child in peril, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, telephone call, three word title, explosion

Ransom (1996)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Ransom (1996)

Tom Mullen is a millionaire, he built his fortune by working hard. Along the way he learned how to play the game. He has a great family. One day his son is kidnapped. He is willing to pay the ransom but decides to call in the FBI, who manages to go into his home secretly. When he goes to make the drop something goes wrong. The kidnapper calls him again and reschedules it. On the way Mullen decides not to go and appears on TV saying that the ransom he was going to give to the kidnapper is now a bounty on the kidnapper. This is why Ransom (1996) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic, hostage
Story:ransom, swimming pool, child kidnapping, police corruption, psycho thriller, corrupt cop, child in peril, reporter, remake, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, husband wife relationship, violence, murder, police, blood

Green Zone (2010)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Green Zone (2010)

Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone. Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader. Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan, who told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom? (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping
Story:cia agent, swimming pool, rpg, agent, cia, die hard scenario, bodyguard, assassination, journalist, reporter, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, explosion, based on novel, murder

The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:justice, betrayal, friendship, revenge
Locations:rooftop, restaurant, hospital
Story:agent, bloodshed, gun held to head, mexican american, killing spree, severed finger, mass murder, vigilante, latex gloves, newspaper, reporter, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, telephone call

Taken (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Taken (2008)

Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. (Read More)

Themes:torture, kidnapping, revenge
Story:cia agent, agent, ex cia agent, cia, secret agent, righteous rage, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, cell phone, explosion, violence, murder, blood

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:redemption, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:city, rooftop, restaurant
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:federal agent, secret agent, rocket launcher, mercenary, bodyguard, child in peril, exploding car, spy, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, explosion, husband wife relationship, murder

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? This is why Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:rooftop, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, secret agent, gun held to head, agent, cia, mercenary, exploding car, spy, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, three word title, explosion, murder, violence

Looper (2012) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

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

Themes:redemption, tragedy, torture, betrayal, suicide, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Story:murder of a child, death of protagonist, severed finger, dismemberment, exploding body, child in peril, bomb, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, explosion, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, violence, murder, blood, death

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, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:mexico, rooftop, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:federal agent, agent, swimming pool, fast motion scene, police corruption, rocket launcher, bullet, corrupt cop, vigilante, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, assassination, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, love
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:ex cia agent, cia agent, shot in the foot, fast motion scene, corrupt cop, shot in the shoulder, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, telephone call, explosion, husband wife relationship, murder

Deja Vu (2006)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi

Deja Vu (2006)

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

Themes:love
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:agent, ex marine, finger cut off, death of protagonist, severed finger, mass murder, die hard scenario, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, diary, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, explosion, shootout

The Expendables 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. This is why The Expendables 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Locations:mexico, nightclub, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:cia agent, swimming pool, ex marine, timebomb, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, cia, die hard scenario, mercenary, bodyguard, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, cigarette smoking

The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship, revenge
Characters:alcoholic, warrior
Story:righteous rage, shot in the foot, shot in the hand, interracial friendship, corrupt cop, arson, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, child in peril, shot in the head, remake, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, explosion

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:severed ear, righteous rage, fast motion scene, tragic hero, interracial friendship, arson, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, child in peril, spy, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, explosion, husband wife relationship, murder, dog, violence

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Story:mercenary, journalist, murder of a child, rpg, rocket launcher, arson, child in peril, exploding car, reporter, bomb, watching tv, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, telephone call

Total Recall (2012) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

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

Themes:torture, betrayal
Story:secret agent, shot in the hand, agent, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, spy, bomb, shot in the head, remake, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, husband wife relationship, police, death, murder, violence

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. This is why Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, secret agent, interracial friendship, agent, cia, mercenary, bodyguard, exploding car, spy, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, explosion, husband wife relationship, death, violence, blood

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

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

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

Themes:redemption, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hostage
Story:secret agent, ex marine, rocket launcher, mass murder, agent, bullet, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, bodyguard, child in peril, spy, swimming, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, kidnapping, suicide, friendship, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:righteous rage, tragic hero, severed finger, mass murder, corrupt cop, arson, vigilante, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, latex gloves, child in peril, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, explosion

Valkyrie (2008) is one of the best movies like Man On Fire (2004)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, betrayal, suicide, friendship, revenge
Locations:nightclub, hospital
Story:swimming pool, death of protagonist, tragic hero, severed finger, what happened to epilogue, diary, assassination, exploding car, swimming, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, shootout, telephone call, explosion, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, violence, death

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:tragedy, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:agent, shot in the foot, rpg, rocket launcher, die hard scenario, mercenary, exploding body, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, police officer killed, child in peril, exploding car, bomb, shot in the head, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

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