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Payback (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Payback (1999)

Porter is bad, but his neighbours are worse. Street-wise and tough, an ex-marine, he is betrayed by a one-time partner, and shot in the back by his junkie wife. He survives and returns, looking to recover his share from the robbery of an Asian crime gang. The money has passed into the hands of "the Outfit", a slick gangster organisation that runs the city. He has to make his way through a world populated by heroin dealers, prostitutes, sado-masochists, gunmen and crooked cops, a place where torture is a way of life. His only friend is a former employer, a prostitute, and her loyalty is in question, given she now works for the Outfit. He makes good early progress, but then falls into the hands of Fairfax, the crime boss. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  vengeance,  greed,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  thief,  prostitute
Story:drug overdose,  heist gone wrong,  woman beater,  dead woman on bed,  chinese mafia,  man punching a woman,  hit with a telephone,  sexy woman,  dead woman,  asian woman,  phone bomb,  car explosion,  shooting a dog,  drive by shooting,  police corruption,  purposeful car accident,  car set on fire,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  pack of money,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  telephone call,  swearing in front of children,  chained to a radiator,  hunted turns hunter,  castration threat,  shot through a pillow,  fat insult,  piercing ripped out,  mouth guard,  police badge,  bolt cutter,  gun held to one's head,  banging head against wall,  running out of ammo,  fighting back,  illegal gambling,  credit card fraud,  hit with a door,  fat guy,  black leather jacket,  nose ring,  postmodern,  nude painting,  rubber gloves,  pawnbroker,  cheating on wife,  revenge plot,  sledge hammer,  shot in the knee,  tire iron,  anti villain,  finger gun,  grand piano,  tommy gun,  hundred dollar bill,  spitting blood,  el train,  balisong,  identity theft,  threat to kill,  555 phone number,  ex marine,  in medias res,  dice,  chinese food,  reading a newspaper,  ferrari,  boxing match,  narcissism,  call girl,  masochism,  overdose,  pickpocket,  hit with a baseball bat,  shot multiple times,  framed for murder,  extortion,  death threat,  wisecrack humor,  black eye,  hit on the head,  hit in the crotch,  whiskey,  drug dealing,  mexican standoff,  scam,  sadomasochism,  exploding building,  hypodermic needle,  syringe,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  bare chested male bondage,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  trap,  mini skirt,  liar,  organized crime,  drug addict,  binoculars,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  chicago illinois,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  scantily clad female,  woman,  shot in the back,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  prostitution,  interrogation,  lingerie,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  beer,  lie,  taxi,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  remake,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  shower,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  death,  dog,  police,  violence

Exit Wounds (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Exit Wounds (2001)

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit cop who doesn't follow rules. After he saved the Vice President by violating every order he received he is transferred to one of the worst precincts in the city. There he quickly encounters some corrupt cops selling heroin to drug dealers. The problem is, it's very difficult to tell who is the bad guy and who you can trust. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:police corruption,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  shot in the knee,  balisong,  framed for murder,  wisecrack humor,  hit on the head,  drug dealing,  hypodermic needle,  syringe,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  woman,  shot in the back,  criminal,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  police,  violence

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:brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior
Story:car explosion,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  framed for murder,  wisecrack humor,  sadomasochism,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  organized crime,  drug addict,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  dog,  blood,  police,  gun,  death

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:drive by shooting,  anti hero,  police shootout,  action hero,  telephone call,  tommy gun,  balisong,  ex marine,  narcissism,  wisecrack humor,  drug dealing,  machismo,  heroin,  organized crime,  drug addict,  limousine,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  lingerie,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  police,  gun

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:vengeance,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:police corruption,  anti hero,  action hero,  call girl,  extortion,  black eye,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  exploding body,  trap,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  remake,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood,  violence

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  hit with a baseball bat,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  bare chested male bondage,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  remake,  black comedy,  fistfight,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  flashback,  violence

The Take (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior,  thief
Story:police corruption,  car set on fire,  anti hero,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  pickpocket,  hit with a baseball bat,  hit in the crotch,  mexican standoff,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  police,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  death

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  greed,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief,  prostitute
Story:police corruption,  car set on fire,  exploding car,  police shootout,  car crash,  ex marine,  death threat,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  exploding body,  organized crime,  drug addict,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  disarming someone,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  blood,  violence

Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:greed,  mafia,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:anti hero,  pack of money,  action hero,  hundred dollar bill,  call girl,  black eye,  machismo,  bare chested male bondage,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  criminal,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  remake,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood,  death,  violence

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

Gangster Squad (2013)

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

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:drive by shooting,  police corruption,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  police badge,  finger gun,  tommy gun,  wisecrack humor,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  exploding body,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  violence,  dog,  blood

New Police Story (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Police Story (2004)

Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led by the evil Joe. When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team. A young man with a troubled past pretends to be a police officer working on the case with Wing, to get him back on his feet and begin an adventure to get revenge on the evil Joe and his Gang of Five, especially when it becomes personal. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  thief
Story:anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  ex marine,  pickpocket,  hit with a baseball bat,  whiskey,  mexican standoff,  corrupt cop,  bare chested male bondage,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  police,  blood,  violence

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spe… (Read More)

Themes:heist,  vengeance,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  thief,  prostitute
Story:heist gone wrong,  police corruption,  car set on fire,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  car crash,  telephone call,  tommy gun,  spitting blood,  ex marine,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  bomb,  beer,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  violence,  police,  death,  blood

Bad Boys (1995) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Boys (1995)

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

Themes:heist,  mafia,  brutality,  robbery,  money,  drugs
Characters:prostitute
Story:police corruption,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  shot in the leg,  telephone,  prostitution,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  explosion,  violence,  gun,  police,  death,  blood,  dog

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:brutality,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:police corruption,  anti hero,  police shootout,  shot in the knee,  tommy gun,  hit with a baseball bat,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  woman,  shot in the back,  telephone,  criminal,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  remake,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  blood,  dog,  violence

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:drive by shooting,  car crash,  hundred dollar bill,  shot multiple times,  extortion,  black eye,  drug dealing,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  woman,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  flashback,  death,  violence

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:vengeance,  brutality,  robbery,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Story:drug overdose,  drive by shooting,  anti hero,  overdose,  drug dealing,  machismo,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  beer,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun,  flashback,  police,  blood,  death,  violence,  dog

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:brutality,  corruption,  drugs,  revenge
Story:sexy woman,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  spitting blood,  wisecrack humor,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  organized crime,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  disarming someone,  scantily clad female,  woman,  shot in the back,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  remake,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  violence,  flashback,  blood

Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

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

Themes:torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Characters:prostitute
Story:drive by shooting,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  wisecrack humor,  machismo,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  revolver,  prostitution,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  violence,  death,  police,  blood

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

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

Themes:heist,  greed,  robbery,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  shot in the knee,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  criminal,  hand to hand combat,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  police,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

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

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:anti hero,  police shootout,  car crash,  telephone call,  mexican standoff,  hypodermic needle,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  gun,  blood

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:brutality,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:car explosion,  car set on fire,  anti hero,  pack of money,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  pickpocket,  shot multiple times,  death threat,  hypodermic needle,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  interrogation,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  blood,  police,  violence

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:anti hero,  action hero,  telephone call,  death threat,  machismo,  heroin,  exploding body,  trap,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun,  violence,  blood,  police,  death

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  action hero,  car crash,  running out of ammo,  shot in the knee,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  flashback,  death,  violence,  blood,  dog

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:chinese mafia,  dead woman,  police corruption,  car set on fire,  exploding car,  police shootout,  car crash,  telephone call,  police badge,  shot in the knee,  mexican standoff,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  liar,  organized crime,  drug addict,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  lingerie,  lie,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  remake,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  police,  violence,  gun,  blood

Last Man Standing (1996) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:woman beater,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  tommy gun,  whiskey,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  one against many,  one man army,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  remake,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  gun

Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

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

Themes:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  telephone call,  finger gun,  death threat,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  gun,  violence,  death,  blood,  police,  flashback

Police Story (1985)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Police Story (1985)

Kevin Chan (aka Jackie) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug- lord. Of course, the drug-lord isn't too happy about this, and frames Kevin with the murder of another cop (who happened to be on the take). Kevin has to clear his name, whilst keeping himself from getting killed or arrested, and keeping his girlfriend from leaving him. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:police corruption,  body landing on a car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  telephone call,  hundred dollar bill,  hit with a baseball bat,  framed for murder,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  one against many,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  police,  blood,  death

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

Run All Night (2015)

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

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:police corruption,  anti hero,  action hero,  car crash,  el train,  in medias res,  framed for murder,  whiskey,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  death,  flashback,  blood,  police,  violence

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

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

Themes:heist,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:thief
Story:heist gone wrong,  body landing on a car,  police shootout,  car crash,  finger gun,  hit with a baseball bat,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  taxi,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  car,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  violence,  blood

Magnum Force (1973)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Magnum Force (1973)

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  robbery,  betrayal,  drugs
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:dead woman,  asian woman,  car explosion,  police corruption,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  hundred dollar bill,  chinese food,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  binoculars,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  prostitution,  bomb,  taxi,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  explosion,  based on novel,  police,  blood,  death,  violence

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... (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:drive by shooting,  police corruption,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  revenge plot,  tommy gun,  spitting blood,  balisong,  hit with a baseball bat,  shot multiple times,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  drug addict,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  dog,  gun

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

Bad Boys II (2003)

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

Themes:mafia,  deception,  money,  drugs
Characters:prostitute
Story:exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  shot multiple times,  wisecrack humor,  drug dealing,  mexican standoff,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  interrogation,  shooting,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun,  police,  violence,  death,  blood

The Untouchables (1987) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Untouchables (1987)

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

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Story:police corruption,  body landing on a car,  action hero,  tommy gun,  hit with a baseball bat,  death threat,  hit in the crotch,  whiskey,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  chicago illinois,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  bomb,  shooting,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  based on novel,  violence,  police,  blood,  death

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:drug overdose,  drive by shooting,  car set on fire,  anti hero,  exploding car,  car crash,  ex marine,  shot multiple times,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  shooting,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  police,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence

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:vengeance,  brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:police shootout,  action hero,  anti villain,  mexican standoff,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death,  dog,  violence,  blood

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime, Drama

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jules Winnfield ('Samuel L. Jackson' (qv)) and Vincent Vega ('John Travolta (I)' (qv)) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace ('Ving Rhames' (qv)). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia ('Uma Thurman' (qv)) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:drug overdose,  anti hero,  pack of money,  car crash,  telephone call,  gun held to one's head,  postmodern,  finger gun,  in medias res,  overdose,  shot multiple times,  hit on the head,  drug dealing,  mexican standoff,  hypodermic needle,  syringe,  machismo,  heroin,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  woman,  interrogation,  lingerie,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  shower,  panties,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  blood

Escape Plan (2013) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior
Story:car explosion,  car set on fire,  exploding car,  finger gun,  wisecrack humor,  hypodermic needle,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  binoculars,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

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

Themes:heist,  mafia,  robbery,  deception,  betrayal,  money
Characters:thief
Story:anti hero,  car crash,  hit on the head,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  police,  death,  blood,  violence

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:brutality,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:car set on fire,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  hit on the head,  mexican standoff,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  one man army,  woman,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  death

Running Scared (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Running Scared (2006)

After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things go wrong for Joey after a neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find that kid and the gun before the police and the mob do.

Themes:mafia,  kidnapping
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punching a woman,  police corruption,  car crash,  hundred dollar bill,  shot multiple times,  exploding building,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  exploding body,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  blood,  police,  gun,  violence,  death

Bound (1996) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Crime, Romance, Thriller

Bound (1996)

Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way... (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  robbery,  torture,  money
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punching a woman,  telephone call,  police badge,  black leather jacket,  hundred dollar bill,  in medias res,  shot multiple times,  scam,  chicago illinois,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  woman,  telephone,  criminal,  revolver,  beer,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shower,  panties,  tattoo,  bare chested male,  police,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  thief,  prostitute
Story:anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  telephone call,  pickpocket,  framed for murder,  death threat,  mexican standoff,  corrupt cop,  exploding body,  drug addict,  one against many,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  woman,  shot in the back,  telephone,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  police,  blood,  death,  flashback,  violence

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:car set on fire,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  hit with a baseball bat,  death threat,  hit in the crotch,  drug dealing,  exploding building,  machismo,  drug addict,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  violence,  police,  blood,  dog

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:vengeance,  mafia,  brutality,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  bolt cutter,  spitting blood,  balisong,  hit with a baseball bat,  hit in the crotch,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  blood,  death,  flashback

Sabotage (2014) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabotage (2014)

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

Themes:heist,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:police corruption,  anti hero,  car crash,  hit with a baseball bat,  shot multiple times,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  woman,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  corruption,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punching a woman,  police corruption,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  whiskey,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  shot in the back,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  gun

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

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

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

Themes:heist,  kidnapping
Story:asian woman,  body landing on a car,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  shot in the knee,  hit in the crotch,  machismo,  shot in the arm,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  criminal,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  taxi,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  police,  gun,  death,  violence,  blood

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:corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:drug overdose,  asian woman,  police corruption,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  shot in the knee,  framed for murder,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  trap,  drug addict,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  taxi,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  blood

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:car set on fire,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  death threat,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  binoculars,  one against many,  limousine,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  woman,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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:heist,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior,  thief
Story:phone bomb,  police corruption,  car set on fire,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  anti villain,  death threat,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  exploding body,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  police,  violence,  dog

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