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Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, anger, military, deception, escape, fear, drinking, jealousy, betrayal, money, drugs, kidnapping, friendship, love
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, woods, forest, restaurant, hospital
Characters:engineer, jew, asian, hostage, dancer, policeman, teacher, doctor, friend, teenager
Period:1930s
Story:hiding in a dumpster, surveillance van, suitcase bomb, birthday cake, bleeding from one's ear, ear shot off, shot in the ear, stabbed with a fork, civil engineer, exploding warehouse, murder of a policewoman, witness to murder, radio call in show, talk radio, motel room, family dinner, marijuana pipe, running into a tree, beer can, marijuana joint

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:paranoia, anger, escape, fear, betrayal, money, drugs, love, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:marijuana joint, police chase, dominoes, black and white scene, drug dealing, grandmother grandson relationship, crime boss, machismo, shot in the arm, high school student, shot in the shoulder, drug addict, flash forward, anti hero, drug dealer, flashlight, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, drugs, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:motel room, shot in the side, hitchhiking, barn, head butt, crime boss, machismo, henchman, shot in the shoulder, pay phone, drug addict, on the run, shot in the leg, anti hero, drug dealer, montage, disguise, police car, f word, revolver

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:paranoia, anger, deception, escape, betrayal, money, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:police shootout, butt slap, shot in the foot, car chase, watching television, shot in the stomach, head butt, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, pursuit, pay phone, on the run, gunshot, shot in the leg, anti hero, toilet, massacre, police car, f word, revolver

Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance, corruption, military, deception, escape, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:police shootout, police chase, car chase, drug lord, jumping through a window, jumping from height, wristwatch, head butt, crime boss, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, anti hero, tied to a chair, drug dealer, flashlight, revolver, handcuffs, car crash

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, deception, escape, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:hidden gun, crushed by a car, shot in the foot, car chase, mute, warehouse, crime boss, machismo, henchman, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, suitcase, stabbed in the back, prologue, on the run, shot in the leg, hit by a car

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:corruption, deception, escape, betrayal, money, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:suitcase bomb, police shootout, hidden gun, shot in the foot, car chase, kicked in the crotch, bloody nose, buddy, murder of a police officer, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, actor shares first name with character, shot in the shoulder, pay phone, drug addict, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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:anger, deception, drinking, betrayal, money, drugs
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:policeman, teacher
Story:murder of brother, sleeping in a car, lollipop, kicking, bloody nose, head butt, obscene finger gesture, death of brother, pursuit, kicked in the face, prologue, drug addict, shot in the leg, anti hero, drug dealer, police car, flashlight, drug use, f word, revolver

Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
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:paranoia, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:police shootout, police chase, car chase, jumping through a window, exploding building, head butt, warehouse, crime boss, henchman, corrupt cop, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, anti hero, exploding car, tied to a chair, police car, flashlight, revolver

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:deception, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:marijuana joint, internet, high school, split lip, shot in the side, car theft, stoner, bong, crushed to death, jumping from height, exploding building, head butt, warehouse, pot smoking, strong female character, crime boss, henchman, corrupt cop, shot in the arm, high school student

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... This is why Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, woods, forest
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, police chase, shot through the floor, hit with a rock, car chase, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, crushed to death, mute, hippie, jumping from height, head butt, crime boss, machismo, henchman, corrupt cop, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, shot in the arm

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, deception, escape, fear, kidnapping
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, policeman, doctor
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, police chase, car chase, exploding building, warehouse, pot smoking, subtitled scene, death of brother, policewoman, on the run, van, exploding car, drug dealer, montage, police car, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, car crash

Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
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:paranoia, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:police shootout, police chase, hidden gun, crushed by a car, cia agent, fast motion scene, car chase, black eye, cigarette lighter, jumping from height, wristwatch, head butt, henchman, subtitled scene, kicked in the face, pay phone, stabbed in the back, prologue, flash forward, on the run

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:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, anger, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, drugs, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage, policeman, friend
Story:police shootout, police chase, drug pusher, shot in the foot, bong, drug lord, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, partner, drug dealing, crime boss, machismo, henchman, drug addict, anti hero, tied to a chair, drug dealer, montage, disguise, massacre

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, military, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping, love
Locations:woods
Characters:hostage
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, hawaiian shirt, stoner, bong, cia agent, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, bloody nose, watching television, exploding building, head butt, pot smoking, shot in the arm, stabbed in the back, flash forward, on the run, anti hero, exploding car, weapon

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:engineer, hostage, policeman, doctor, teenager
Story:police shootout, police chase, car chase, crushed to death, bloody nose, jumping from height, shot in the stomach, crime boss, henchman, casino, kicked in the face, prologue, costume, on the run, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, police car, flashlight, revolver

The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship, love
Locations:laboratory, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, doctor, friend
Story:fire extinguisher, breaking through a door, head wound, fast motion scene, reckless driving, kicking, mobile phone, bloody nose, head butt, crime boss, henchman, death of brother, shot in the shoulder, pursuit, kicked in the face, flash forward, on the run, hit by a car, tied to a chair, toilet

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, anger, deception, drinking, drugs, friendship
Characters:dancer, policeman, friend
Story:reckless driving, kicked in the crotch, mobile phone, pot smoking, corrupt cop, liar, prologue, drug dealer, police car, drug use, marijuana, dead body, running, held at gunpoint, beer, rifle, lie, shooting, drink, punched in the face

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:paranoia, deception, escape, fear
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:police shootout, police chase, exploding bus, cigarette lighter, shot in the stomach, pot smoking, crime boss, machismo, corrupt cop, policewoman, shot in the shoulder, prologue, drug addict, shot in the leg, anti hero, weapon, drug dealer, massacre, f word, bomb

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:escape, fear, drinking, betrayal, money, drugs
Locations:motel, wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman
Story:police shootout, car chase, bench, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, murder of a police officer, hiding, henchman, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, pursuit, prologue, van, drug dealer, police car, drug use, f word, marijuana, car crash, tears

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, escape, fear, drinking, jealousy, betrayal, money, love, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage, policeman
Story:fire extinguisher, police chase, shot in the foot, burnt body, car chase, black and white scene, partner, murder of a police officer, subtitled scene, shot in the arm, witness, actor shares first name with character, pay phone, shot in the leg, tied to a chair, stabbing, f word, handcuffs, dead body, held at gunpoint

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

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, love
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:asian
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, police chase, hidden gun, crushed by a car, retirement home, car chase, reckless driving, black and white scene, mute, wristwatch, pot smoking, crime boss, corrupt cop, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, on the run, gunshot, shot in the leg, van

Cop Out (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, deception, escape, money, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:hostage, policeman
Story:partner, police shootout, police chase, shot in the side, car theft, car chase, drug lord, duct tape, kicked in the crotch, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, death of brother, shot in the shoulder, costume, hit by a car, tied to a chair, drug dealer, montage, disguise, f word

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

Machete Kills (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:punched in the crotch, shot in the side, burnt face, car chase, eye patch, jumping through a window, crushed to death, hitchhiking, jumping from height, exploding building, head butt, henchman, corrupt cop, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, shot in the arm, split screen, shot in the shoulder, stabbed in the back, on the run

Mortdecai (2015) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drinking, money, kidnapping
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:hostage, dancer, policeman
Story:accidental shooting, man on fire, mace spray, ashtray, shot in the foot, sense of smell, cactus, car chase, reckless driving, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, bloody nose, jumping from height, head butt, henchman, subtitled scene, shot in the arm, pursuit, shot in the shoulder, flash forward

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'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:laboratory, woods, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:bong, car chase, drug lord, eye patch, cigarette lighter, crushed to death, exploding building, wristwatch, head butt, warehouse, henchman, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, suitcase, pay phone, drug addict, anti hero, exploding car

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:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, anger, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, drugs, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, police chase, foot blown off, cigarette lighter, partner, murder of a police officer, pot smoking, crime boss, machismo, henchman, corrupt cop, subtitled scene, death of brother, policewoman, kicked in the face, drug addict, van, exploding car, drug dealer

Banlieue 13 (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Banlieue 13 (2004)

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leito is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leito is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, corruption, deception, escape, betrayal, money, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:bomb, police shootout, shot through the floor, weightlifting, car chase, drug lord, field, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, jumping from height, head butt, crime boss, machismo, henchman, corrupt cop, obscene finger gesture, casino, shot in the arm, kicked in the face, prologue

Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

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

Themes:deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship, love
Locations:motel
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police shootout, driving through a wall, underage smoking, burnt body, burnt face, car chase, duct tape, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, hitchhiking, shot in the stomach, barn, machismo, witness, pay phone, on the run, shot in the leg, van, hit by a car, exploding car

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, restaurant, hospital
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:police chase, shot in the side, crushed by a car, weightlifting, cia agent, car chase, jumping from height, exploding building, head butt, kicked in the face, stabbed in the back, on the run, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, tied to a chair, toilet, disguise, police car

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. This is why Homefront (2013) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:hostage
Story:marijuana joint, flask, car chase, drug lord, bloody nose, murder of a police officer, exploding building, shot in the stomach, head butt, machismo, death of son, kicked in the face, pay phone, drug addict, shot in the leg, anti hero, exploding car, tied to a chair, drug dealer, disguise

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, military, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:woods, forest, restaurant
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:shot in the side, car chase, jumping through a window, murder of a police officer, exploding building, machismo, subtitled scene, death of brother, high school student, witness, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, montage, disguise, revolver, car crash, bomb, held at gunpoint

Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:suitcase bomb, birthday cake, cia agent, car chase, partner, cake, head butt, subtitled scene, casino, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, tied to a chair, disguise, f word, handcuffs, dead body, car crash, bomb, held at gunpoint

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, corruption, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, woods, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, dancer, teenager
Story:marijuana joint, falling down a hill, hidden gun, sense of smell, car chase, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, hippie, jumping from height, pot smoking, strong female character, machismo, henchman, shot in the arm, witness, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, suitcase, pay phone, prologue

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:surveillance, deception, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Story:police shootout, police chase, breaking through a door, car chase, jumping through a window, partner, murder of a police officer, jumping from height, shot in the stomach, machismo, corrupt cop, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, drug addict, shot in the leg, hit by a car, drug dealer, disguise, flashlight, handcuffs

The Tournament (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. This is why The Tournament (2009) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, money, deception, escape, drinking
Characters:asian
Story:man on fire, car flying through the air, shot through the floor, sleeping in a car, burnt face, telephone booth, car chase, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, kicked in the crotch, crushed to death, kicking, jumping from height, shot in the stomach, strong female character, machismo, obscene finger gesture, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
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:deception, betrayal, money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:police chase, crushed by a car, shot in the foot, burnt face, car chase, field, jumping through a window, kicked in the crotch, crushed to death, murder of a police officer, shot in the stomach, head butt, warehouse, crime boss, machismo, corrupt cop, shot in the arm, death of brother, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, escape, fear, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:motel, wheelchair, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:surveillance van, drug lord, marijuana joint, police shootout, police chase, car chase, watching television, head butt, crime boss, henchman, policewoman, van, hit by a car, exploding car, tied to a chair, drug dealer, montage, police car, f word, revolver

Attack The Block (2011)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Attack The Block (2011)

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone.

Themes:escape, friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:hiding in a dumpster, marijuana joint, stoner, jumping through a window, cigarette lighter, jumping from height, crime boss, stabbed in the back, drug addict, hit by a car, anti hero, exploding car, drug dealer, f word, revolver, handcuffs, marijuana, car crash, held at gunpoint, falling from height

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, deception, friendship
Locations:motel, hospital
Story:fast motion scene, black and white scene, murder of a police officer, shot in the stomach, corrupt cop, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, drug addict, shot in the leg, hit by a car, drug dealer, montage, disguise, massacre, bathroom, car crash, held at gunpoint, beer, rifle, slow motion scene

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
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? This is why Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, military, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:motel, wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:hostage, teenager
Story:car chase, hitchhiking, jumping from height, head butt, henchman, corrupt cop, obscene finger gesture, kicked in the face, pay phone, drug addict, on the run, shot in the leg, anti hero, exploding car, dinner, tied to a chair, internet, toilet, montage, disguise

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

Southland Tales (2006)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, corruption, military, deception, escape, fear, drinking, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage, dancer, policeman
Story:marijuana joint, police shootout, shot in the side, talk show host, karma, bong, jumping from height, hiding, pot smoking, corrupt cop, shot in the arm, split screen, shot in the shoulder, prologue, drug addict, flash forward, shot in the leg, hit by a car, anti hero, tied to a chair

Criminal (2016)
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:surveillance, paranoia, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, restaurant
Characters:hostage, teacher, doctor
Story:police chase, cia agent, car chase, duct tape, crushed to death, wristwatch, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, shot in the shoulder, on the run, shot in the leg, van, anti hero, exploding car, tied to a chair, police car, f word, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:paranoia, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, money, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:laboratory, motel, wheelchair, woods, forest, restaurant
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:shot in the ear, car chase, wristwatch, kicked in the face, on the run, shot in the leg, anti hero, exploding car, toilet, flashlight, revolver, car crash, held at gunpoint, lie, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, deception, escape, fear, drinking, betrayal, money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:hostage
Story:motel room, man in underwear, male underwear, police shootout, police chase, car chase, duct tape, cigarette lighter, partner, murder of a police officer, watching television, male bonding, casino, death of brother, on the run, gunshot, anti hero, exploding car, police car, flashlight

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. This is why Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, friendship
Locations:forest, restaurant
Characters:teenager
Story:marijuana joint, shot in the side, stoner, cigarette lighter, crushed to death, hiding, barn, high school student, split screen, shot in the leg, radio, anti hero, exploding car, montage, flashlight, car crash, held at gunpoint, rifle, slow motion scene, shot in the head

Ride Along 2 (2016)
Action, Comedy

Ride Along 2 (2016)

The RIDE ALONG 2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes' last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug ring case he's been trying to crack. In Miami, they meet Maya, a no-BS homicide detective who lets them know Miami is her turf. They also encounter AJ, a shady cocky computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a well-respected local businessman, the wealthy Antonio Pope. Pope harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida's drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they'll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, corruption, deception, escape, betrayal, drugs
Locations:hospital
Story:accidental shooting, police shootout, police chase, car chase, drug lord, partner, crime boss, henchman, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, anti hero, exploding car, drug dealer, montage, disguise, handcuffs, car crash, bomb, held at gunpoint

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, anger, military, deception, escape, fear, betrayal
Locations:restaurant
Story:exploding bus, crushed by a car, weightlifting, cia agent, car chase, cigarette lighter, crushed to death, exploding building, wristwatch, machismo, obscene finger gesture, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, flash forward, shot in the leg, van, hit by a car, exploding car, montage, massacre

Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

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

Themes:surveillance, paranoia, military, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:police chase, cia agent, car chase, black and white scene, jumping from height, head butt, henchman, subtitled scene, kicked in the face, pay phone, prologue, on the run, hit by a car, exploding car, internet, flashlight, handcuffs, car crash, held at gunpoint, falling from height

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, fear, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:laboratory, wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:fire extinguisher, police chase, cigarette lighter, exploding building, wristwatch, subtitled scene, policewoman, pay phone, prologue, on the run, exploding car, disguise, flashlight, f word, revolver, running, bomb, held at gunpoint, falling from height, punched in the face

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