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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:robbery,  money,  heist,  vengeance,  greed,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute,  warrior,  thief
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,  police badge,  mouth guard,  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,  dice,  in medias res,  reading a newspaper,  chinese food,  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,  drug dealing,  whiskey,  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,  blood splatter,  car,  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,  gun,  violence,  death,  dog,  police,  flashback,  blood

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,  shooting,  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,  police,  gun,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

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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: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,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  death

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,  flashback,  violence,  police

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,  violence,  death

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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. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999).

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,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  dog,  police

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,  dog,  blood,  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,  gun,  violence,  death,  blood

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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,  police,  blood,  death,  flashback,  violence

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

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

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  drugs,  revenge
Story:sexy woman,  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,  shot in the back,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  shooting,  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,  violence,  gun,  death,  blood,  flashback

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,  police,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

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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,  death,  gun,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  violence

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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,  gun,  flashback,  police,  death,  violence,  blood

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: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,  blood,  gun,  violence

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Takers (2010)
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,  police,  blood,  violence,  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. This is why Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (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,  flashback,  gun,  police,  death,  blood,  dog,  violence

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  death,  dog,  violence,  police

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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,  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 spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  vengeance,  mafia,  money,  brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  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,  death,  police,  violence,  blood

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,  blood,  police,  death,  violence,  flashback

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Heist (2001) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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. This is why Heist (2001) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (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,  blood,  police,  death,  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,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death,  police

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,  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,  flashback,  blood,  death,  dog,  violence

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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,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  police,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  death

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:car explosion,  car set on fire,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  shot multiple times,  corrupt cop,  heroin,  binoculars,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  revolver,  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,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  shower,  pistol,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  violence,  death,  blood

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. This is why Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  torture
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  mexican standoff,  sadomasochism,  syringe,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  woman,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  explosion,  death,  gun,  police,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:car crash,  hundred dollar bill,  balisong,  555 phone number,  framed for murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  revolver,  beer,  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,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  violence

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:heist gone wrong,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  framed for murder,  organized crime,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  one man army,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  police,  death,  flashback,  gun

Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

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

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  police shootout,  action hero,  car crash,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  revolver,  interrogation,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  violence,  police

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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,  police,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  death

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:prostitute
Story:sexy woman,  drive by shooting,  car crash,  telephone call,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  mexican standoff,  shot in the arm,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  shot in the back,  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,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Story:car set on fire,  body landing on a car,  exploding car,  police shootout,  car crash,  black eye,  hit in the crotch,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  woman,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  beer,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death,  police,  flashback

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Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:man punching a woman,  police corruption,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  car crash,  555 phone number,  shot multiple times,  framed for murder,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  bare chested male,  flashback,  police,  death,  blood

The Marine (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Marine (2006)

John Triton is a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged--against his will--from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when a group of murderous diamond thieves on the run led by a merciless criminal named Rome has kidnapped his wife and John goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her. With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery,  kidnapping
Characters:warrior,  thief
Story:exploding car,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  sledge hammer,  ex marine,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  blood,  gun,  violence

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. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  pickpocket,  sadomasochism,  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,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  car,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  dog,  violence,  flashback

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Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... This is why Hung Fan Kui (1995) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (Read More)

Themes:greed,  mafia,  robbery,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  extortion,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  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,  panties,  tattoo,  bare chested male,  blood,  police,  death,  violence

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  revenge
Story:anti hero,  car crash,  telephone call,  spitting blood,  shot multiple times,  whiskey,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  shot in the back,  telephone,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  lie,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  police

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:brutality,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:police corruption,  body landing on a car,  action hero,  car crash,  shot in the knee,  hit with a baseball bat,  machismo,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  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,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  blood,  police,  flashback

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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

Themes:brutality,  deception,  torture,  betrayal,  drugs,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:drug overdose,  body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  wisecrack humor,  whiskey,  exploding building,  hypodermic needle,  heroin,  exploding body,  organized crime,  drug addict,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  interrogation,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  car,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  dog,  death,  gun,  flashback,  violence,  blood

Black Dynamite (2009)
Action, Comedy

Black Dynamite (2009)

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

Themes:vengeance,  drugs,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:car explosion,  exploding car,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  hit with a baseball bat,  heroin,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  woman,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  bare chested male,  violence,  gun,  blood,  flashback

Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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. This is why Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  shot in the knee,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  organized crime,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  one man army,  shot in the back,  revolver,  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,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  flashback,  violence,  blood

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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,  criminal,  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,  revolver,  interrogation,  lingerie,  lie,  shooting,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  remake,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  car,  fistfight,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  shootout,  shower,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  police,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  death,  gun

Transporter 3 (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Transporter 3 (2008)

Toxic waste bubbles in a ship waiting permission to dock in Odessa. Frank Martin turns down a job in Marseilles, referring it to a pal. A short time later, the pal, wounded by gunfire, crashes his car into Frank's living room and dies, leaving a young woman in the back seat. The employer of the dead man shows up, forces Frank to take the job, snaps a bracelet on his wrist that will explode if Frank gets more than 75 feet from his car, and sends Frank on a journey east with the young woman and a trunk full of something. She's Valentina, nearly mute. Can Frank figure out what's going on, deliver the package, and escape alive? And what does the ship have to do with it? (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:car explosion,  body landing on a car,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  grand piano,  exploding body,  mini skirt,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  disarming someone,  woman,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  blood

Raw Deal (1986)
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. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Story:exploding car,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  telephone call,  wisecrack humor,  machismo,  organized crime,  one against many,  chicago illinois,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  revolver,  hand to hand combat,  taxi,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  police,  blood

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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:betrayal,  brutality,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:woman,  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,  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,  flashback,  blood,  violence

The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. This is why The Transporter Refueled (2015) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  robbery,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Characters:warrior,  prostitute
Story:drug overdose,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  shot multiple times,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  one against many,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  one man army,  disarming someone,  shot in the back,  prostitution,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  car,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  police,  violence

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

Death Race (2008)

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

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Story:car set on fire,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  finger gun,  framed for murder,  exploding building,  machismo,  exploding body,  shot in the leg,  double cross,  disarming someone,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  remake,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  shower,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  violence,  death,  blood,  flashback

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Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

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

Themes:brutality,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior
Story:exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  semiautomatic pistol,  finger gun,  hit in the crotch,  shot in the arm,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  blood,  violence

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Payback (1999)
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,  death,  flashback,  violence

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  robbery,  deception,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:restaurant
Characters:warrior
Story:body landing on a car,  anti hero,  exploding car,  action hero,  car crash,  framed for murder,  death threat,  wisecrack humor,  mexican standoff,  exploding building,  shot in the arm,  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,  bomb,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  violence

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