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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:revolution, blindness, conspiracy, theft, robbery, military, wedding, escape, drunkenness, torture, drinking, betrayal, money, marriage, revenge
Mood:myth, epic, gore
Locations:town, mexico, village, elevator, bicycle, nightclub, church, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, hitman, thief, hostage, musician, dancer, nurse, testicles, boy, singer, doctor
Story:mexican president, cia agent, mariachi, mexican, agent, mexican army, fbi agent, cia, prosthetic arm, mariachi band, tranquilizer dart, drug cartel, town square, drug lord, federal agent, shot in the arm, government agent, plastic surgery, shootout in a church, retirement

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
Mood:gore
Locations:mexico, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, musician
Story:mariachi, drug cartel, shot in the arm, bar shootout, one man army, gun battle, sawed off shotgun, orange panties, street shootout, knife throwing, instrument case, pistolero, modern western, man with no name, neo western, righteous rage, gunslinger, confessional, drug lord, body count

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

Machete Kills (2013)

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

Themes:blindness, conspiracy, escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:mexico, bar
Characters:hitman, hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:drug cartel, shot in the arm, government agent, one man army, sawed off shotgun, knife throwing, arm, shot in the knee, cartel, man with no name, neo western, operation, blood on camera lens, returning character killed off, bazooka, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, body count, eye patch, death of daughter

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:escape, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:town, mexico, bar
Characters:hitman, hostage, musician, singer
Story:mariachi, guitar, one man army, sawed off shotgun, small town, street shootout, instrument case, pistolero, modern western, man with no name, neo western, director also cinematographer, righteous rage, drug lord, ranch, dual wield, part of trilogy, guitarist, assassination attempt, stylized violence

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:hitman
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, shot in the knee, shot in the foot, blood on camera lens, sequel to cult favorite, final showdown, body count, dark hero, stabbed in the head, dual wield, target practice, assassination attempt, stylized violence, silencer, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, organized crime, limousine

American Assassin (2017)
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 Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, escape, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:cia agent, shot in the arm, government agent, agent, cia, one man army, final battle, gun battle, street shootout, knife throwing, righteous rage, shot in the foot, blood on camera lens, final showdown, body count, eye gouging, dark hero, target practice, cannon, assassination attempt

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:conspiracy, escape, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Characters:hitman, hostage, boy
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, politician, gun battle, sawed off shotgun, street shootout, car explosion, shot in the foot, political corruption, dual wield, explosive, assassination attempt, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, pay phone, person on fire, organized crime, limousine

War (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

War (2007)

After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:hitman
Story:fbi agent, shot in the arm, one man army, gun battle, knife throwing, murder of wife, shot in the foot, final showdown, target practice, agent, stylized violence, opening action scene, fbi, organized crime, shot in the forehead, double cross, disarming someone, assassin, shot in the back, hand to hand combat

The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:conspiracy, escape, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:mexico, elevator, nightclub, bar
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:shot in the arm, modern western, neo western, shot in the foot, gunslinger, siren, dual wield, shot in the stomach, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, pay phone, organized crime, gunshot, shot in the leg, double cross, disarming someone, anti hero

The Wild Bunch (1969)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Wild Bunch (1969)

It's 1913, and the traditional American West is dying. Among the inhabitants of this dying time era are a outlaw gang called "The Wild Bunch". After a failed bank robbery, the gang head to Mexico to do one last job. Seeing their times and lives drifting away in the newly formed world of the 20th century, the gang take the job and end up in a brutally, violent last stand against their enemies who deemed to be corrupt in a small Mexican town, ruled by a ruthless general. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, revolution, theft, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, money, marriage, revenge
Mood:epic, gore
Locations:mexico, town, village
Characters:thief, hostage
Story:mexican, mexican army, general, mariachi band, shot in the arm, gun battle, small town, street shootout, one last job, gunfighter, righteous rage, gunslinger, set up, wilhelm scream, body count, dual wield, retirement, festival, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder

Hardcore Henry (2015)
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... This is why Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:prosthetic arm, shot in the arm, one man army, final battle, army, gun battle, sawed off shotgun, street shootout, knife throwing, blood on camera lens, final showdown, bazooka, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, body count, eye gouging, stabbed in the head, crushed to death, dual wield, assassination attempt

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:escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:myth, gore
Locations:mexico, church, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:federal agent, shot in the arm, government agent, shootout in a church, agent, one man army, sawed off shotgun, knife throwing, gangster, shot in the knee, murder of wife, neo western, set up, political corruption, drug lord, wilhelm scream, flamethrower, body count, eye patch, stabbed in the head

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, robbery, wedding, escape, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:church
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:cia agent, tranquilizer dart, government agent, one man army, taxi driver, street shootout, car explosion, crushed to death, agent, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, cia, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, double cross, disarming someone, anti hero

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:escape, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:one man army, sawed off shotgun, bubble gum, modern western, final showdown, ranch, dark hero, mexican, assassination attempt, bullet, pickup truck, shot in the shoulder, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, double cross, disarming someone, anti hero, disguise

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

Last Man Standing (1996)

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

Themes:torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:town, mexico, bar
Story:shot in the arm, bar shootout, one man army, small town, hired gun, modern western, man with no name, neo western, gunfighter, gunslinger, standoff, set up, dark hero, dual wield, shot in the stomach, mutilation, stylized violence, person on fire, duel, shot in the back

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:conspiracy, robbery, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage, doctor
Story:one man army, knife throwing, final showdown, face mask, bazooka, dark hero, crushed to death, explosive, carnival, shot in the stomach, assassination attempt, stylized violence, bodyguard, opening action scene, death of wife, costume, organized crime, shot in the forehead, double cross, hit by a car

Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:nightclub, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, shot in the arm, taxi driver, knife throwing, dual wield, agent, assassination attempt, stylized violence, cia, tied up, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, double cross, gambling, disguise, strangulation, assassin

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:wedding, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, singer
Story:drug cartel, final battle, taxi driver, street shootout, returning character killed off, final showdown, bazooka, drug lord, eye patch, crushed to death, dual wield, explosive, mexican, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, stylized violence, bullet, eyeglasses, general, shot in the shoulder

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:conspiracy, military, escape, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:mexico, elevator
Characters:waitress, hostage
Story:cia agent, drug cartel, federal agent, shot in the arm, small town, shot in the knee, cash, bull, gate, drug lord, ranch, spanish, target practice, explosive, agent, assassination attempt, pickup truck, cia, silencer, shot in the shoulder

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:revolution, blindness, conspiracy, theft, robbery, military, escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:thief, hostage, doctor
Story:cia agent, estate, one man army, final battle, sawed off shotgun, street shootout, car explosion, returning character killed off, sequel to cult favorite, final showdown, face mask, murder of a child, dark hero, explosive, retirement, chef, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, stylized violence, cia

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. This is why Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, robbery, escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, nightclub, church, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, shot in the arm, government agent, one man army, gun battle, sawed off shotgun, knife throwing, final showdown, dual wield, assassination attempt, stylized violence, pickup truck, cia, silencer, bodyguard, opening action scene, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, third part

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:money, escape, drunkenness, torture, drinking, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:town, church, bar
Characters:hitman
Story:cash, shot in the arm, shootout in a church, sawed off shotgun, small town, battle, murder of wife, righteous rage, blood on camera lens, standoff, bazooka, crushed to death, mass murder, shot in the stomach, assassination attempt, bullet, silencer, tied up, shot in the shoulder, death of wife

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:conspiracy, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:epic, gore
Locations:mexico, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, little boy, convoy, modern western, neo western, righteous rage, shot in the foot, blood on camera lens, returning character killed off, final showdown, body count, dark hero, stabbed in the head, crushed to death, mexican, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, stylized violence, bullet

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:town, elevator, bicycle, nightclub, bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, one man army, one last job, shot in the foot, explosive, agent, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, cia, silencer, bodyguard, pay phone, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, disguise, assassin, shot in the back, handcuffs

The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

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

Themes:robbery, drunkenness, torture, revenge
Locations:church, bar, hospital
Characters:musician
Story:fbi agent, murder of wife, informant, face mask, wilhelm scream, blind man, shot in the stomach, hypodermic needle, silencer, shot in the shoulder, ring, death of wife, fantasy sequence, person on fire, shot in the leg, double cross, hit by a car, disguise, shot in the back, guitar

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, nightclub, bar
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:cia agent, knife throwing, blood on camera lens, final showdown, set up, wilhelm scream, stabbed in the head, agent, assassination attempt, stylized violence, bullet, cia, silencer, opening action scene, pay phone, shot in the forehead, latex gloves, gunshot, shot in the leg, double cross

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:military, escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:waitress, hostage
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, street shootout, set up, drug lord, dual wield, stylized violence, silencer, opening action scene, organized crime, disarming someone, anti hero, revolver, handcuffs, hand to hand combat, car chase, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, gunfight

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:epic, gore
Characters:hitman, hostage, doctor
Story:shot in the arm, agent, one man army, army, assassin, battle, man with no name, blood on camera lens, wilhelm scream, crushed to death, dual wield, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, silencer, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, hit by a car

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
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:escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church, mexico
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, fbi agent, shot in the arm, knife throwing, shot in the knee, righteous rage, body count, target practice, explosive, cannon, agent, assassination attempt, cia, general, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, ring, person on fire, uniform, fbi

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

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

Themes:conspiracy, drunkenness, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, taxi driver, shot in the knee, shot in the foot, blood on camera lens, returning character killed off, body count, chain, eye gouging, stabbed in the head, crushed to death, shot in the stomach, assassination attempt, stylized violence, death of brother, shot in the shoulder, organized crime, limousine, shot in the forehead

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

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:blindness, conspiracy, military, torture, betrayal, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:shot in the arm, coup d'etat, returning character killed off, face mask, stabbed in the head, dual wield, target practice, explosive, assassination attempt, stylized violence, silencer, general, president, bodyguard, opening action scene, limousine, double cross, hit by a car, politician, army

The November Man (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, revenge
Locations:elevator, nightclub, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, agent, cia, president, one man army, operation, political corruption, body count, dark hero, assassination attempt, silencer, bodyguard, limousine, shot in the forehead, double cross, hit by a car, anti hero, politician, disguise, strangulation

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:robbery, escape, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:village
Characters:thief, hostage
Story:shot in the arm, one man army, knife throwing, little boy, coup d'etat, righteous rage, final showdown, face mask, dark hero, stabbed in the head, crushed to death, dual wield, target practice, explosive, assassination attempt, stylized violence, general, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, death of wife

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:robbery, torture, money
Mood:gore
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:fbi agent, one man army, sawed off shotgun, power drill, final showdown, stabbed in the head, retirement, assassination attempt, silencer, shot in the shoulder, fbi, organized crime, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, disarming someone, anti hero, disguise, strangulation, assassin

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, military, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:village, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:cia agent, one man army, man with no name, festival, assassination attempt, stylized violence, cia, silencer, general, bodyguard, opening action scene, pay phone, double cross, hit by a car, disarming someone, assassin, handcuffs, cafe, hand to hand combat, car chase

The Boondock Saints (1999)
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. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:theft, robbery, drunkenness, drinking, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, church, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, thief, dancer
Story:fbi agent, shot in the arm, agent, fbi, gun battle, catholic church, confessional, face mask, blind man, dual wield, mass murder, tape recorder, stylized violence, silencer, pay phone, person on fire, organized crime, confession, latex gloves, shot in the leg

Sicario (2015) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
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:escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:mexico, bar
Characters:hitman, hostage
Story:drug cartel, cartel, cia agent, fbi agent, fbi, shot in the arm, mexican, agent, drug lord, death of daughter, dark hero, spanish, mutilation, cia, silencer, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, death of wife, organized crime

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? (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, drunkenness, drinking, betrayal, money, marriage, revenge
Mood:epic, gore
Locations:village, elevator, bicycle, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage, dancer, boy, singer, doctor
Story:street shootout, covert, tv camera, operation, blood on camera lens, face mask, body count, stabbed in the head, explosive, celebration, mass murder, agent, tape recorder, assassination attempt, jeep, bullet, eyeglasses, cia, silencer, death of brother

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:conspiracy, military, escape, torture, betrayal, revenge
Locations:church, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, shot in the arm, car explosion, shot in the foot, operation, drugged, dual wield, target practice, agent, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, stylized violence, cia, silencer, general, shot in the shoulder, fbi, shot in the leg, double cross, hit by a car

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, escape, drunkenness, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:thief, hostage
Story:fbi agent, sawed off shotgun, taxi driver, fairground, cash, wilhelm scream, eye gouging, agent, shot in the stomach, hypodermic needle, pickup truck, silencer, opening action scene, person on fire, fbi, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, strangulation, shot in the back

Raw Deal (1986) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Raw Deal (1986)

Mark Kaminski is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Luigi Patrovita, enlists Kaminski in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovita is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminski must go undercover and join Patrovita's gang. This is why Raw Deal (1986) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:town, nightclub, bar
Story:fbi agent, fbi, one man army, gun battle, small town, gunslinger, dual wield, agent, silencer, opening action scene, organized crime, disarming someone, gambling, shot in the back, revolver, hand to hand combat, car chase, action hero, rifle, taxi

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

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

Themes:betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church, bar
Story:fbi agent, shot in the arm, gun battle, confessional, returning character killed off, final showdown, spanish, shot in the stomach, surgery, silencer, shot in the shoulder, fantasy sequence, organized crime, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, candle, assassin, shot in the back, revolver, handcuffs

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

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

Themes:wedding, escape
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, fbi agent, one man army, knife throwing, bullring, bull, drugged, agent, cia, silencer, fbi, shot in the leg, double cross, hit by a car, disarming someone, anti hero, disguise, strangulation, assassin, river

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:blindness, drunkenness, betrayal, money, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub, church, hospital
Characters:hitman, singer, hostage
Story:shot in the arm, gun battle, assassin, catholic church, one last job, dual wield, mass murder, stylized violence, surgery, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, storytelling, organized crime, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, double cross, anti hero, disguise, candle, hand to hand combat

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:robbery, escape, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:waitress, thief, musician, singer
Story:shot in the arm, sawed off shotgun, street shootout, little boy, bubble gum, one last job, final showdown, face mask, dark hero, dual wield, mexican, cook, tape recorder, bullet, pickup truck, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, fantasy sequence, organized crime, shot in the forehead

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. This is why The Magnificent Seven (2016) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003). (Read More)

Themes:escape, drunkenness, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:town, church, bar
Story:shot in the arm, final battle, sawed off shotgun, small town, church bell, knife throwing, gunfighter, righteous rage, shot in the foot, gunslinger, standoff, final showdown, eye patch, dark hero, dual wield, target practice, mexican, shot in the shoulder, person on fire, shot in the forehead

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, conspiracy, military, escape, drinking, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, church, bar
Characters:hostage, dancer, testicles, boy, singer
Story:shot in the arm, government agent, plastic surgery, electric guitar, street shootout, police officer, cantina, tv camera, standoff, bazooka, chain, dual wield, tv show, parade, mass murder, hypodermic needle, silencer, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, limousine

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. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Locations:nightclub
Characters:waitress
Story:tranquilizer dart, drug cartel, one man army, sawed off shotgun, crushed to death, explosive, celebration, mass murder, agent, death of brother, convertible, opening action scene, ring, fbi, gunshot, anti hero, politician, army, disguise, cleavage

Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, torture, betrayal, money, revenge
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:waitress, hostage, nurse, singer, doctor
Story:one man army, one last job, blood on camera lens, dark hero, stabbed in the head, stylized violence, tied up, bodyguard, opening action scene, pay phone, organized crime, limousine, double cross, disarming someone, anti hero, gambling, hand to hand combat, sunglasses, action hero, held at gunpoint

Grimsby (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, theft, escape, drunkenness, torture, betrayal, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:town, bicycle, bar, hospital
Characters:hitman, hostage, testicles
Story:agent, one man army, small town, street shootout, operation, final showdown, bazooka, crushed to death, hypodermic needle, assassination attempt, stylized violence, silencer, shot in the shoulder, bodyguard, opening action scene, person on fire, limousine, shot in the forehead, shot in the leg, double cross

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