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Raising Arizona (1987)
Comedy, Crime

Raising Arizona (1987)

Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, adoption, redemption, blackmail, robbery, memory, wedding, christmas, marriage, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:allegory, nightmare, satire
Locations:desert
Characters:baby
Period:1980s
Story:arizona, quintuplets, critique of capitalism, phoenix arizona, bounty hunter, unlikely criminal, shooting an animal, bank robbery, false promise of the american dream, escape from prison, prison break, prison escape, dream sequence, marriage proposal, dog chase, androgynous female, unwanted houseguest, androgynous male, repeat offender, predicting the future

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:reward, trailer park, trailer home, ethnic slur, biker, supermarket, ex convict, exploding body, missing person, fugitive, police car, criminal, brawl, shotgun, prison, pistol, tattoo, independent film, police

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

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

Themes:redemption, robbery, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, motorcycle cop, mugshot, carjacking, police chase, ex convict, fugitive, fbi, hit by a car, police car, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, prison, pistol, tattoo, martial arts, police, dog

Out Of Sight (1998)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Out Of Sight (1998)

A career bank robber busts out of jail (Clooney) with the help of his buddy (Rhames) and kidnaps a US Marshal (Lopez) in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big scam, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, prison escape, carjacking, scam, policewoman, rabbit, fbi, police car, criminal, car chase, shotgun, dream, prison, pistol, cult film

Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
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:blackmail, robbery, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, dye pack, chevrolet, double, carjacking, ethnic slur, convenience store, police chase, grenade, eavesdropping, ex convict, exploding body, policewoman, fbi, police car, criminal, brawl, shotgun, police officer, prison

Blue Streak (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Blue Streak (1999)

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his diamond, he poses as an L.A.P.D. detective... This is why Blue Streak (1999) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:desert
Story:double, convenience store, slapstick comedy, police chase, eavesdropping, fbi, prologue, police car, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, martial arts, police, dog

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:polish american, mugshot, car explosion, thanksgiving, ethnic slur, extortion, biker, exploding body, fbi, criminal, car chase, shotgun, prison, voice over narration, pistol, police

Wild At Heart (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:desert
Story:bank robbery, broken nose, parole, trailer park, restroom, bounty hunter, ex convict, on the road, fugitive, prologue, hit by a car, criminal, shotgun, prison, cult film, tattoo, independent film, police, dog

The Italian Job (1969) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Italian Job (1969)

Charlie's got a 'Job' to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far so Charlie takes over the 'Job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the Gold and escape. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, wedding
Story:motorcycle cop, restroom, plot twist, police chase, grenade, ex convict, factory, prologue, prison, criminal, car chase, shotgun, pistol, cult film, police

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:kidnapping
Story:motorcycle cop, carjacking, convenience store, police chase, what happened to epilogue, grenade, policewoman, fugitive, fbi, police car, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, pistol, tattoo, police, dog

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 Raising Arizona (1987).

Themes:robbery
Mood:nightmare
Story:carjacking, ethnic slur, convenience store, police chase, criminal, shooting, brawl, shotgun, police officer, prison, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, family relationships, independent film, dog, police

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:redemption, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:baby
Story:convenience store, eavesdropping, fugitive, police car, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, tattoo, independent film

Nothing To Lose (1997) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:screwball, carjacking, arizona, convenience store, on the road, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, pistol, family relationships

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, blackmail, memory
Mood:allegory
Characters:baby
Story:fugitive, brat, crib, diaper, reward, missing person, fbi, prologue, police car, shooting, dream, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, family relationships, police, dog

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:blackmail, robbery
Characters:baby
Story:bank robbery, motorcycle cop, broken nose, carjacking, ethnic slur, police chase, eavesdropping, fugitive, hit by a car, police car, criminal, car chase, shotgun, police officer, dream, prison, pistol, tattoo, police

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. This is why Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, memory
Mood:nightmare
Story:convenience store, grenade, fbi, prologue, police car, shooting, shotgun, police officer, dream, pistol, tattoo, independent film, police

Bonnie And Clyde (1967) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter. The gang's life changes after the first fatal shot is fired. Following, their willingness to shoot to kill increases to protect themselves and their livelihood. Their notoriety precedes them, so much so that no matter what one's opinion is of them, most want to have some association to the Barrow gang, to help them, to be spoken in the same breath as them, or to capture and or kill them. Of the many people they encounter in their crime spree, the one who may have the most profound effect on their lives is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who is looking for a little retribution. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, marriage, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, reward, mugshot, car explosion, bounty hunter, convenience store, police chase, ex convict, on the road, fugitive, prison, police car, criminal, car chase, shooting, brawl, shotgun, pistol, cult film, tattoo

Bandits (2001)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Bandits (2001)

Two convicts, one charismatic (Willis) and the other a hypochondriac (Thornton), break out of prison and immediately start a bank robbing spree, kidnapping bank managers, spending the night with their families, then going with the managers in the morning to rob the banks. Using a dim-witted stunt man as their getaway driver and lookout, the three successfully pull off several jobs (even gaining the attention of a television show about American criminals), and become known as "The Sleepover Bandits." Things are going great until the bank managers begin to realize that the robbers are non-violent and therefore no threat to them or their employees, changing the game for the Bandits. To add to the complications, a bored & unhappy housewife (Blanchett) ends up in the hands of the criminals, and begins to have romantic feelings for both Willis and Thornton, causing a sticky love triangle. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:unlikely criminal, bank robbery, prison escape, reward, carjacking, missing person, on the road, fugitive, hit by a car, police car, car chase, prison, police

Near Dark (1987)
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:redemption, kidnapping
Period:1980s
Story:hick, trailer home, exploding body, missing person, on the road, fugitive, hit by a car, police car, good versus evil, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, pistol, cult film, tattoo, family relationships, independent film, dog

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, kidnapping
Story:fbi, bank robbery, escape from prison, prison break, prison escape, mugshot, carjacking, what happened to epilogue, tied to a chair, police car, criminal, car chase, shooting, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, police

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, christmas
Story:marriage proposal, name change, parole, scam, what happened to epilogue, ex convict, fugitive, fbi, police car, criminal, police officer, prison, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, dog, police

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:redemption, kidnapping
Story:fbi, police chase, ex convict, policewoman, factory, hit by a car, tied to a chair, police car, good versus evil, criminal, car chase, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, tattoo, family relationships, dog, police

S.w.a.t. (2003)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

S.w.a.t. (2003)

Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, redemption
Locations:desert
Story:bank robbery, prison, motorcycle cop, police chase, grenade, policewoman, fugitive, fbi, police car, criminal, car chase, shooting, brawl, shotgun, police officer, pistol, martial arts, police

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. (Read More)

Themes:adoption, robbery, marriage
Story:guard dog, chevrolet, thanksgiving, convenience store, ex convict, car chase, shotgun, pistol, cult film, family relationships, dog, police

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
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:robbery, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, marriage proposal, mugshot, police chase, ex convict, hit by a car, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, tattoo, police

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 Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, wedding, kidnapping
Story:broken nose, trailer park, extortion, biker, what happened to epilogue, supermarket, police car, criminal, brawl, police officer, pistol, tattoo, martial arts, independent film, police

Need For Speed (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Need For Speed (2014)

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:desert
Story:parole, arizona, convenience store, police chase, ex convict, fugitive, car chase, shotgun, prison, police

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, wedding, kidnapping
Mood:satire
Story:marriage proposal, dye pack, ethnic slur, extortion, police chase, what happened to epilogue, ex convict, dream, hit by a car, tied to a chair, criminal, brawl, shotgun, prison, voice over narration, pistol, tattoo, police, dog

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare, satire
Locations:desert
Story:prison escape, dream sequence, arizona, rabbit, on the road, fugitive, prologue, criminal, shooting, brawl, shotgun, dream, prison, pistol, cult film, tattoo, independent film, police

Hell Or High Water (2016)
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:redemption, robbery
Locations:desert
Story:bank robbery, car explosion, ethnic slur, police chase, ex convict, fugitive, police car, criminal, car chase, shooting, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, tattoo, independent film, police, dog

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. This is why Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, robbery, memory, wedding, kidnapping
Story:car explosion, police chase, eavesdropping, fugitive, tied to a chair, police car, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, prison, pistol, independent film, police

Ride Along (2014)
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:kidnapping
Story:carjacking, ethnic slur, biker, police chase, grenade, eavesdropping, tied to a chair, police car, car chase, brawl, shotgun, pistol, tattoo, police

Littleman (2006) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Comedy, Crime

Littleman (2006)

After leaving the prison, the dwarf criminal Calvin Sims joins to his moron brother Percy to steal an expensive huge diamond in a jewelry for the mobster Walken. They are chased by the police, and Calvin hides the stone in the purse of the executive Vanessa Edwards, whose husband Darryl Edwards wants to have a baby. Percy convinces Calvin to dress like a baby and be left in front of the Edwards's house to get inside the house and retrieve the diamond. Darryl and Vanessa keep Calvin for the weekend and decide to adopt him, while Walken threatens Darryl to get the stone back. (Read More)

Themes:adoption, robbery
Characters:baby
Story:criminal, diaper, reward, mugshot, breast feeding, fugitive, car chase, prison, pistol, tattoo, police

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:apocalypse, blackmail, memory, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:allegory, satire
Locations:desert
Story:police officer, doppelganger, ethnic slur, extortion, prologue, hit by a car, tied to a chair, police car, shooting, brawl, shotgun, dream, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, tattoo, police, independent film, dog

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Comedy, Crime

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

Oscar night. Who will win? Who will lose? And will someone please kick that numbskull off stage? Wait! That's no ordinary numbskull. That's Lt. Frank Drebin, crashing the ceremonies to stop a terrorist plot that could mean curtains for him -- or will a simple window shade be enough?

Themes:wedding
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby
Story:prison escape, screwball, slapstick comedy, supermarket, brawl, shotgun, dream, prison, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, tattoo, police

The Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. This is why The Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Story:chevrolet, infertility, american football, killing an animal, supermarket, eavesdropping, exploding body, suburb, hit by a car, brawl, shotgun, police officer, voice over narration, pistol, tattoo, police, dog

Hancock (2008) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

Hancock (2008)

The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Story:bank robbery, mugshot, group therapy, trailer home, convenience store, police car, criminal, car chase, brawl, prison, tattoo, martial arts, family relationships, dog, police

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, memory, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:desert
Story:premonition, trailer home, eavesdropping, exploding body, hit by a car, police car, good versus evil, brawl, police officer, dream, voice over narration, pistol, tattoo, independent film, dog, police

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes:blackmail, robbery, kidnapping
Story:criminal, bank robbery, prison escape, marriage proposal, police chase, grenade, exploding body, policewoman, hit by a car, tied to a chair, good versus evil, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, cult film, tattoo, martial arts

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:robbery, kidnapping
Story:police chase, grenade, eavesdropping, fugitive, prologue, hit by a car, police car, good versus evil, criminal, car chase, brawl, shotgun, police officer, voice over narration, pistol, martial arts, police

Dragnet (1987) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Comedy, Crime

Dragnet (1987)

Friday and Streebek are assigned to some very strange robberies, like i.e. the stealing of one bat, a 30 foot long snake and the mane of a lion from a zoo. All the latest BAIT magazines were also recently stolen, and some chemicals that when are mixed correctly develops a very deadly gas. All these thefts have one thing in common; visit cards with the word "PAGAN" left at the crime scenes. Solving these crimes, including why plenty of police vehicles have been stolen lately, involves the usual; to drink coffee at strip tease bars, rescue kidnapped virgins from drowning and lose their jobs. This is why Dragnet (1987) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, kidnapping
Period:1980s
Story:porn magazine, police chase, policewoman, factory, car chase, brawl, shotgun, voice over narration, pistol, cult film, martial arts, police

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse
Mood:satire
Characters:baby
Story:critique of capitalism, bank robbery, escape from prison, prison break, economic inequality, pastiche, on the road, fugitive, car chase, cult film, police, dog

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:marriage proposal, broken nose, cactus, porn magazine, ethnic slur, captive, eavesdropping, on the road, tied to a chair, shooting, pistol, family relationships, dog, police

Masterminds (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Masterminds (2016)

David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, robbery, kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:double, trailer park, trailer home, police chase, what happened to epilogue, eavesdropping, fugitive, fbi, tied to a chair, brawl, shotgun, dream, prison, voice over narration, pistol, police

Bride Of Chucky (1998) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Comedy, Horror

Bride Of Chucky (1998)

Chucky hooks up with another murderous doll, the bridal gown-clad Tiffany, for a Route 66 murder spree with their unwitting hosts, two eloping high-school graduates.

Themes:redemption, robbery, wedding, marriage, kidnapping, surrealism
Story:marriage proposal, trailer park, trailer home, convenience store, exploding body, fugitive, hit by a car, tied to a chair, police car, criminal, car chase, police officer, pistol, cult film, tattoo, police

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. This is why Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987). (Read More)

Themes:redemption, blackmail, robbery, kidnapping
Story:bank robbery, broken nose, ethnic slur, ladder, police chase, ex convict, factory, police car, criminal, car chase, shotgun, police officer, dream, prison, voice over narration, pistol, family relationships, police

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Period:1980s
Story:parole, convenience store, police chase, ex convict, on the road, factory, police car, car chase, shooting, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, cult film, tattoo, police

The Last Stand (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Last Stand (2013)

Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:fbi, arizona, criminal, straight, chevrolet, police chase, captive, exploding body, fugitive, hit by a car, police car, car chase, shotgun, police officer, prison, pistol, martial arts, police

Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like Raising Arizona (1987)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:mugshot, ethnic slur, police chase, ex convict, tied to a chair, car chase, brawl, shotgun, prison, pistol, tattoo, martial arts, police

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Period:1980s
Story:escape from prison, prison escape, ethnic slur, criminal, brawl, shotgun, prison, pistol, tattoo, independent film, dog

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