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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, heist, tragedy, deception, torture, betrayal, drugs, friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:smoking a cigarette, diamond heist, diamond, warehouse, camera shot from inside car trunk, violent man, violent behavior, stuffed in a trunk, straight razor, abandoned warehouse, heist gone wrong, cigarette smoking, cult classic, undercover cop, undercover agent, cult movie cast, tied to a chair, undercover, cult director, cigar smoking

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime, Drama

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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

Themes:robbery, deception, torture, drugs
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:tied to a chair, cult director, cult film, foot chase, black suit clad killer, no background score, directed by co star, crime gone awry, actor director writer, off screen murder, multiple time frames, multiple perspectives, payphone, extreme violence, in medias res, n word, homage, shot multiple times, blood on shirt, blood on face

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:heist, robbery, deception, betrayal
Story:abandoned warehouse, heist gone wrong, cigarette smoking, undercover cop, driving a car, foot chase, bloody violence, carjacking, strong language, suit and tie, blood on shirt, swearing, caucasian, profanity, self sacrifice, long take, undercover, organized crime, shot in the forehead, racial slur

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, foot chase, pool of blood, blood on camera lens, suit and tie, blood on shirt, self mutilation, warehouse, stylized violence, machismo, long take, organized crime, shot in the forehead, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy

Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:straight razor, cigarette smoking, undercover cop, tied to a chair, cult director, cigar smoking, cult film, off screen murder, severed ear, extreme violence, cop killer, shot multiple times, wilhelm scream, blood on face, ensemble cast, self sacrifice, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? This is why The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception, torture, betrayal, drugs, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:undercover, abandoned warehouse, cigarette smoking, undercover cop, cult film, tip, bloody violence, bleeding to death, cop killer, abandoned building, leather jacket, blood on shirt, death of protagonist, wedding ring, ensemble cast, bloody nose, mexican standoff, wound, warehouse, long take

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:deception, betrayal, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, undercover agent, tied to a chair, foot chase, homage, abandoned building, diamond, mexican standoff, false identity, stylized violence, profanity, undercover, shot in the forehead, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter

Snatch (2000)
Comedy, Crime

Snatch (2000)

Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets badly beaten by Pitt, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog! (Read More)

Themes:heist, robbery, torture
Story:diamond heist, diamond, cigar smoking, cult film, in medias res, shot multiple times, stylized violence, machismo, organized crime, nonlinear timeline, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

Heat (1995) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat (1995)

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... (Read More)

Themes:robbery, heist, betrayal
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:heist gone wrong, cigarette smoking, cult film, payphone, strong language, dying man, blood on camera lens, suit and tie, death of protagonist, profanity, pay phone, shot in the forehead, diner, gang, f word, psychopath, sunglasses, written by director, los angeles california, shot in the chest

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:deception, torture, drugs, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, cult film, foot chase, gory violence, pool of blood, bloody violence, jerk, duct tape, covered in blood, machismo, pay phone, shot in the forehead, racial slur, controversy, gay slur, f word, psychopath, sunglasses, held at gunpoint

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. This is why Training Day (2001) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:drugs, robbery, deception, betrayal
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, black cop, n word, shot multiple times, wedding ring, bloody nose, murder of a police officer, shot in the stomach, die hard scenario, profanity, storytelling, racial slur, gang, gay slur, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, los angeles california, shot in the chest

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, cult film, reference to charles bronson, extreme violence, n word, shot multiple times, plot twist, bloody nose, murder of a police officer, mexican standoff, shot in the stomach, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, racial slur, diner, gay slur, f word, psychopath, sunglasses

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, deception, torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, gory violence, bloody violence, graphic violence, extreme violence, gun violence, razor, blood on camera lens, abandoned building, poetic justice, blood on shirt, death of protagonist, blood on face, self mutilation, stylized violence, profanity, self sacrifice, long take, shot in the forehead, racial slur

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:heist, robbery, deception, betrayal
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, gun violence, cigarette, shot multiple times, blood on shirt, duct tape, gasoline, murder of a police officer, self mutilation, profanity, self sacrifice, long take, shot in the forehead, racial slur, diner, f word, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, shooting a woman, death of protagonist, wedding ring, covered in blood, self mutilation, self sacrifice, organized crime, shot in the forehead, diner, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the chest, gangster, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, surprise ending

Rocknrolla (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Rocknrolla (2008)

Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld. This is why Rocknrolla (2008) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:robbery, drugs, friendship
Story:cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, cigar smoking, cult film, foot chase, shot in the stomach, organized crime, shot in the forehead, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, surprise ending, chase, tattoo, father son relationship, violence

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

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

Themes:drugs
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, cult film, man with no name, poetic justice, blood on shirt, covered in blood, stylized violence, machismo, organized crime, shot in the forehead, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, deception, torture
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, violent, wedding ring, murder of a police officer, warehouse, die hard scenario, long take, organized crime, shot in the forehead, diner, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, chase

2 Guns (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:heist, deception, torture, betrayal, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, undercover agent, tied to a chair, foot chase, bloodbath, gasoline, mexican standoff, undercover, organized crime, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline, diner, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:deception, friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:foot chase, shot multiple times, blood on face, shot in the stomach, self mutilation, wound, self sacrifice, long take, shot in the forehead, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, f word, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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. This is why The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs
Characters:hostage
Story:abandoned warehouse, cigarette smoking, undercover cop, undercover agent, tied to a chair, german shepherd, swearing, mexican standoff, profanity, undercover, organized crime, shot in the forehead, racial slur, diner, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy

Natural Born Killers (1994)
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:deception
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, cult film, pool of blood, extreme violence, blood on camera lens, blood on shirt, wedding ring, gasoline, covered in blood, mexican standoff, self mutilation, shot in the forehead, controversy, diner, gay slur, f word, psychopath, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, shot in the head

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, betrayal, friendship
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, cult film, reference to charles bronson, aftermath, n word, stylized violence, machismo, directorial debut, pay phone, organized crime, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, gang, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

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

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:straight razor, cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, cigar smoking, foot chase, extreme violence, abandoned building, shot multiple times, gasoline, ensemble cast, murder of a police officer, self mutilation, stylized violence, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline, diner, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

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

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal, friendship
Story:cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, violent, shot multiple times, ensemble cast, bloody nose, told in flashback, loyalty, machismo, profanity, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, gang, gay slur, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... This is why The Hateful Eight (2015) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, extreme violence, n word, blood on shirt, blood on face, covered in blood, mexican standoff, shot in the stomach, stylized violence, long take, shot in the forehead, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, gang, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Comedy, Crime

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, torture, drugs, friendship
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, gang, cult film, foot chase, carjacking, ensemble cast, duct tape over mouth, shot in the stomach, machismo, directorial debut, storytelling, organized crime, smoking, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy

Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Story:tied to a chair, cult film, black suit clad killer, pool of blood, severed ear, man with no name, dying man, blood on camera lens, german shepherd, shot multiple times, duct tape over mouth, mexican standoff, stylized violence, machismo, die hard scenario, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, gang, held at gunpoint

District 9 (2009) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:cult film, blood on camera lens, blood on shirt, wilhelm scream, bloody nose, told in flashback, self mutilation, machismo, directorial debut, self sacrifice, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline, gang, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:heist, robbery, deception, betrayal, drugs, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, gangster, cult film, violent, graphic violence, blue, in medias res, told in flashback, shot in the stomach, machismo, long take, pay phone, organized crime, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, diner, psychopath, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. This is why Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, drugs, friendship
Period:1990s
Story:cigarette smoking, cult film, black cop, n word, shot multiple times, blood on shirt, covered in blood, machismo, directorial debut, long take, storytelling, racial slur, gang, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, written by director, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Mood:gore
Story:shot in the belly, n word, shot multiple times, blood on face, shot in the stomach, storytelling, shot in the forehead, racial slur, gay slur, psychopath, written by director, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, flashback

Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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:deception, torture, betrayal, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, cigar smoking, gang, carjacking, blood on shirt, murder of a police officer, shot in the stomach, wound, pay phone, organized crime, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, blood splatter, car, shot to death, neo noir

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:deception, betrayal, drugs, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:tied to a chair, cult film, multiple time frames, hit and run, duct tape, bloody nose, murder of a police officer, shot in the stomach, warehouse, machismo, pay phone, f word, bathroom, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:cigarette smoking, cult film, blood on body, blood on clothes, bloody mess, violent, n word, strong language, remorse, blood on shirt, blood on face, wound, directorial debut, racial slur, controversy, gang, f word, bathroom, psychopath, held at gunpoint

Ronin (1998)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Ronin (1998)

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... This is why Ronin (1998) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:heist, deception, betrayal
Period:1990s
Story:abandoned warehouse, cigarette smoking, driving a car, foot chase, blood on camera lens, shot in the stomach, wound, shot in the forehead, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, blonde, shot in the chest, blood splatter, car, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, surprise ending, chase, death

Wanted (2008) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller

Wanted (2008)

A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps.

Themes:deception, betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:tied to a chair, cigar smoking, cult film, broken windshield, pool of blood, bleeding to death, blood on camera lens, remorse, blood on shirt, plot twist, mexican standoff, machismo, shot in the forehead, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, blonde, shot in the chest, car, blood splatter, shootout

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:abandoned warehouse, cigarette smoking, cult film, foot chase, abandoned building, gasoline, duct tape over mouth, undercover, pay phone, gay slur, f word, psychopath, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, los angeles california, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending

22 Jump Street (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover cop, undercover, foot chase, blood on shirt, wilhelm scream, mexican standoff, machismo, profanity, organized crime, racial slur, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, surprise ending

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:deception, drugs
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, undercover cop, cult film, foot chase, black cop, n word, warehouse, machismo, profanity, long take, undercover, racial slur, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, chase

Jackie Brown (1997) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jackie Brown (1997)

The middle-aged stewardess Jackie Brown smuggles money from Mexico to Los Angeles for the arms dealer Ordell Robbie. When she gets caught by the agents Ray Nicolet and Mark Dargus with ten thousand dollars and cocaine in her purse, they propose a deal to her to help them to arrest Ordell in exchange of her freedom. Meanwhile Ordell asks the 56-year-old Max Cherry, who runs a bail bond business, to release Jackie Brown with the intention of eliminating her. Jackie suspects of Ordell's intention and plots a complicated confidence game with Max to steal half a million dollars from Ordell. This is why Jackie Brown (1997) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, drugs
Period:1990s
Story:brown, cigarette smoking, cult movie cast, cult director, cult film, multiple perspectives, shot in the stomach, undercover, racial slur, nonlinear timeline, held at gunpoint, los angeles california, shot in the head, blonde, shot in the chest, gangster, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, drugs
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:straight razor, cigarette smoking, undercover agent, tied to a chair, cigar smoking, cult film, gasoline, ensemble cast, mexican standoff, machismo, die hard scenario, written and directed by cast member, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Action, Crime, Horror

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

After a bank heist in Abilene with several casualties, the bank robber Seth Gecko and his psychopath and rapist brother Richard Gecko continue their crime spree in a convenience store in the middle of the desert while heading to Mexico with a hostage. They decide to stop for a while in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the former minister Jacob Fuller is traveling on vacation with his son Scott and his daughter Kate in a RV. Jacob lost his faith after the death of his beloved wife in a car accident and quit his position of pastor of his community and stops for the night in the same motel Seth and Richard are lodged. When Seth sees the recreational vehicle, he abducts Jacob and his family to help his brother and him to cross the Mexico border, promising to release them on the next morning. They head to the truck drivers and bikers bar Titty Twister where Seth will meet with his partner Carlos in the dawn. When they are watching the dancer Santanico Pandemonium, Seth and Richard fight with three bodyguards. But soon they discover that the bar is a coven of vampires and they need to fight until dawn to leave the place alive. (Read More)

Themes:heist, robbery
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:cigar smoking, cult film, bloody hand, pool of blood, cop killer, blood on shirt, siege, plot twist, machismo, self sacrifice, cult, gang, gay slur, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, black comedy, blood splatter, car

John Wick (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick (2014)

After John Wick loses his wife Helen to a terminal illness, he receives a beagle puppy named Daisy from her to help him cope with his grief. Despite John's almost stoic demeanor, he bonds with the puppy and they spend their day driving around in his vintage 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. At a gas station, he encounters a trio of Russian gangsters whose leader Iosef insists on buying his car, but John repeatedly states that it is not for sale. Frustrated, the mobsters learn where John's home is, knock him unconscious, steal his car, and kill Daisy.

Iosef takes the Mustang to a chop shop to have the VIN changed. Aurelio, the shop's owner, recognizes the car and, upon learning that Iosef stole it from John, punches Iosef before throwing him out of his shop. John visits Aurelio, who identifies Iosef as the son of Viggo Tarasov, the head of the Russian crime syndicate in New York City. Viggo, notified by Aurelio of Iosef's activities, beats and berates Iosef before explaining to him who John Wick is: A famed assassin formerly in Viggo's employ, nicknamed 'Baba Yaga' (A deformed looking old witch, incorrectly translated in the film as Russian for 'Boogeyman'). Previously, when John wanted to retire and marry Helen, Viggo gave him an 'impossible task', implied to involve multiple assassinations in a short period of time. John succeeded, and his efforts were key in establishing the Tarasov syndicate.

Viggo tries to talk John out of seeking retribution, but John refuses. Viggo then sends a twelve-man hit group to John's house, but John kills them all and pays for the bodies and evidence of the attack to be professionally cleaned and removed. An unsurprised Viggo places a $2 million bounty on John's head and personally offers the contract to John's mentor, Marcus, who accepts the offer. John seeks refuge at the Continental Hotel, which caters exclusively to the criminal underworld and permits no assassinations on its premises. Viggo doubles the bounty for those willing to break the rules to kill John at the Continental. Winston, the Continental's owner, tells John that Viggo has Iosef under guard at his nightclub, the Red Circle. John enters the Red Circle and fights through to Iosef, but Viggo's henchman Kirill blindsides John, allowing Iosef to escape.

John retreats to the Continental to heal his injuries. Ms. Perkins, an assassin and former acquaintance, sneaks into John's room to kill him, but Marcus alerts John, allowing him to subdue Perkins. John forces Perkins to reveal the location of Viggo's front, knocks her unconscious, and leaves her with Harry, a fellow assassin, to await punishment. However, Perkins frees herself and kills Harry. John travels to the Little Russia church, which serves as Viggo's front, and destroys Viggo's cache of money and blackmail material. When Viggo and his team arrive, John ambushes them, but is subdued and captured. Viggo taunts John for thinking that he could leave his old life behind. Marcus intervenes again, allowing John to free himself and to kill Kirill before accosting Viggo, who (implied to be tired of his son's behavior) reveals Iosef's location. John then travels to the safe house, killing Iosef and his bodyguards.

Perkins learns that John and Marcus have been in contact and tells Viggo, who has Marcus beaten and tortured before executing him in his home. Viggo calls John to report this, planning to have Perkins ambush him. While waiting for John, Perkins is summoned to a meeting with Winston, who orders her executed for killing Harry on Continental grounds. Winston calls John to inform him that Viggo is planning to escape by helicopter. John races to the harbor helipad, where he kills Viggo's remaining henchmen before engaging Viggo in a battle on the dock. Viggo pulls out a knife, and John allows himself to be stabbed, surprising Viggo. John then disarms Viggo and fatally wounds him. John breaks into a waterfront animal clinic to treat his wound and releases a pit bull puppy scheduled to be euthanized. John and the dog walk home along the boardwalk, where he had his last date with Helen.
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Themes:deception, torture, betrayal, friendship
Mood:gore
Story:cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, driving a car, foot chase, bleeding to death, in medias res, blood on camera lens, shot multiple times, blood on shirt, told in flashback, wound, warehouse, stylized violence, directorial debut, long take, organized crime, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline, dark comedy, f word

The Strangers (2008) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Strangers (2008)

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Story:violent, cigarette smoking, tied to a chair, foot chase, broken windshield, bleeding to death, blood on shirt, covered in blood, nonlinear timeline, psychopath, written by director, shot in the head, blood splatter, shot to death, surprise ending, dancing, independent film, flashback, violence, blood

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. This is why Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, drugs
Story:cigarette smoking, undercover agent, undercover, blood on shirt, duct tape over mouth, diamond, shot in the stomach, loyalty, storytelling, organized crime, racial slur, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, surprise ending, dancing

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

A young man named Eggsy whose father died when he was a young boy, is dealing with living with the creep his mother is with now, who mistreats her and him. He goes out and does something to one of the creep's friends. He gets arrested and he calls a number a man gave him around the time his father died, to call if he needs help. A man named Harry approaches him and tells him he's the one who helped him. He tells him that he knew his father. When the man Eggsy slighted wants some payback, Harry takes care of him and his companions single handed. Harry then tells Eggsy that he's part of a secret organization called the Kingsman and his father was also part of it. He died trying to make the world safe. Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to be a Kingsman and he takes it. He undergoes a grueling training course. Harry is looking into the demise of another Kingsman and the trail leads him to tech billionaire named Valentine aka V who is also curious about the group following him, the Kingsman. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:undercover agent, tied to a chair, cult film, multiple time frames, strong language, suit and tie, homage, poetic justice, swearing, caucasian, stylized violence, die hard scenario, profanity, shot in the forehead, racial slur, gay slur, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:tied to a chair, foot chase, car, blue, man with no name, shot in the stomach, die hard scenario, self sacrifice, shot in the forehead, gang, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, written by director, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

From Paris With Love (2010) is one of the best movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:deception, betrayal, drugs
Story:undercover agent, driving a car, foot chase, warehouse, profanity, undercover, pay phone, organized crime, shot in the forehead, racial slur, gang, f word, held at gunpoint, shot in the head, shot in the chest, gangster, car, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:hostage
Story:cigarette smoking, cigar smoking, cult film, foot chase, in medias res, false identity, told in flashback, die hard scenario, shot in the forehead, nonlinear timeline, sunglasses, held at gunpoint, los angeles california, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, surprise ending, violence, blood, murder

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