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Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:tunnel,  russia,  snow,  hotel
Characters:russian,  maid,  warrior,  soldier
Period:1980s
Story:rocky,  boxer,  champion,  fist fighter,  heavyweight champion,  boxing arena,  boxing champion,  boxing training,  training montage,  boxer hero,  kgb agent,  ussr,  russian villain,  russian man,  russian army,  russian woman,  honor,  limousine driver,  boxing knockout,  boxing ko,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing glove,  moscow russia,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  manager,  birthday party,  fighting movie,  final showdown,  birthday cake,  boxing,  sports hero,  horse drawn carriage,  christmas day,  action hero,  christmas tree,  sequel to best picture winner,  cutting down tree,  olympic medalist,  cutting tree,  recap segment,  experimental technology,  cutting down a tree,  reference to popeye,  southpaw,  tree cutting,  sledge,  heavyweight,  russophobia,  skipping rope,  pull ups,  commentator,  wood chopping,  lifting weights,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  soviet army,  star spangled banner,  ends with freeze frame,  cheering,  actor director writer,  steroids,  coming out of retirement,  stopwatch,  unity,  fist,  mob of reporters,  muscular,  roman numbered sequel,  logging,  blond man,  endurance,  invulnerability,  trainer,  working out,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  famous line,  fade to black,  walkman,  treadmill,  sole black character dies cliche,  victory,  repeated line,  swimmer,  patriot,  famous score,  comeback,  camcorder,  punching bag,  saw,  kgb,  arena,  sweat,  weightlifting,  human monster,  returning character killed off,  car driving,  strongman,  muscleman,  military officer,  fighter,  yelling,  workout,  close up of eyes,  media coverage,  underdog,  written by star,  chauffeur,  referee,  writer director,  patriotism,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  loss of husband,  punch,  dressing room,  lens flare,  bruise,  mustache,  black eye,  punched in the chest,  pride,  psychotronic,  italian american,  hatred,  bravery,  reverse footage,  cameo,  social commentary,  celebration,  culture clash,  fish out of water,  press conference,  wristwatch,  fourth part,  wilderness,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  loss of friend,  communist,  beard,  exercise,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  barn,  jogging,  electronic music score,  hypodermic needle,  propaganda,  fame,  fireplace,  captain,  machismo,  cold war,  ak 47,  freeze frame,  chess,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  death of husband,  las vegas nevada,  character says i love you,  cabin,  uncle nephew relationship,  american abroad,  split screen,  soviet union,  directed by star,  american flag,  injection,  bodyguard,  gym,  character's point of view camera shot,  written and directed by cast member,  product placement,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  screaming,  binoculars,  limousine,  training,  cigar smoking,  news report,  part of series,  drawing,  coffin,  radio,  little boy,  death of friend,  politician,  montage,  mansion,  mountain,  axe,  subjective camera,  scientist,  combat,  fighting,  robot,  bed,  birthday,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  blonde,  car accident,  horse,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  photograph,  african american,  death,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  sequel,  dog,  violence

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  christmas,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:fist fighter,  heavyweight champion,  training montage,  boxer hero,  limousine driver,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  action hero,  christmas tree,  sequel to best picture winner,  recap segment,  southpaw,  heavyweight,  commentator,  rocky,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  ends with freeze frame,  fist,  mob of reporters,  roman numbered sequel,  trainer,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  famous line,  repeated line,  famous score,  comeback,  punching bag,  arena,  sweat,  weightlifting,  returning character killed off,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  yelling,  media coverage,  underdog,  written by star,  referee,  writer director,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  dressing room,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  hatred,  reverse footage,  bravery,  press conference,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  boxer,  scene during opening credits,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  jogging,  fame,  machismo,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  champion,  manager,  split screen,  directed by star,  american flag,  gym,  written and directed by cast member,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  training,  cigar smoking,  coffin,  radio,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  fighting,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  flashback,  sequel,  fight,  kiss,  death,  violence

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Rocky II (1979)
Drama, Sport

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior
Story:rocky,  fist fighter,  heavyweight champion,  boxer,  boxing champion,  training montage,  boxer hero,  trainer,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  training,  final showdown,  sports hero,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  recap segment,  southpaw,  heavyweight,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  ends with freeze frame,  fist,  mob of reporters,  roman numbered sequel,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  fade to black,  repeated line,  famous score,  comeback,  punching bag,  sweat,  weightlifting,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  writer director,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  bruise,  mustache,  black eye,  pride,  italian american,  reverse footage,  press conference,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  fame,  freeze frame,  character says i love you,  champion,  manager,  directed by star,  american flag,  gym,  written and directed by cast member,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  cigar smoking,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  combat,  fighting,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  african american,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  sequel,  dog,  blood

Rocky V (1990)
Drama, Sport

Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  christmas,  revenge
Characters:russian
Period:1980s
Story:rocky,  boxer,  heavyweight champion,  boxing arena,  boxing champion,  training montage,  training,  boxer hero,  boxing,  heavyweight,  fighter,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  final showdown,  sports hero,  action hero,  christmas tree,  sequel to best picture winner,  recap segment,  southpaw,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  roman numbered sequel,  trainer,  chanting,  repeated line,  comeback,  punching bag,  arena,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  media coverage,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  lens flare,  bruise,  black eye,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  bravery,  press conference,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  champion,  uncle nephew relationship,  manager,  split screen,  american flag,  gym,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  news report,  drawing,  montage,  mansion,  subjective camera,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  fistfight,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  photograph,  african american,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  sequel,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

Rocky Balboa (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky Balboa (2006)

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:rocky,  fist fighter,  heavyweight champion,  boxing champion,  boxing training,  training montage,  boxer hero,  heavyweight,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  champion,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  coming out of retirement,  fist,  trainer,  comeback,  punching bag,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  written by star,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  punch,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  press conference,  boxer,  exercise,  las vegas nevada,  directed by star,  training,  cigar smoking,  combat,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  sequel,  dog,  blood,  violence

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Creed (2015)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... This is why Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Locations:snow,  hotel
Story:rocky,  heavyweight champion,  boxing champion,  champion,  heavyweight,  fighter,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  trainer,  punching bag,  media coverage,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  bruise,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  bravery,  press conference,  boxer,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  jogging,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  american abroad,  manager,  gym,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  training,  montage,  mansion,  subjective camera,  brawl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  african american,  fight,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  sequel

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  revenge
Characters:maid,  warrior,  soldier
Story:final showdown,  action hero,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  patriotism,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  bravery,  reverse footage,  cameo,  blockbuster,  scene during opening credits,  beard,  captain,  freeze frame,  uncle nephew relationship,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  training,  little boy,  montage,  axe,  subjective camera,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  horse,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog,  death,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  blood

Bloodsport (1988)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:soldier,  warrior
Period:1980s
Story:champion,  training montage,  honor,  fighting movie,  action hero,  cheering,  muscleman,  military officer,  fighter,  underdog,  referee,  bruise,  punched in the chest,  psychotronic,  fish out of water,  boxer,  electronic music score,  captain,  machismo,  freeze frame,  american abroad,  manager,  gym,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  screaming,  training,  boxing,  montage,  subjective camera,  combat,  fighting,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  blonde,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  death,  fight,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  violence,  kiss

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Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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:redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:limousine driver,  final showdown,  action hero,  invulnerability,  lifting person in air,  returning character killed off,  yelling,  chauffeur,  lens flare,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  social commentary,  fish out of water,  scene during opening credits,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  injection,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  binoculars,  limousine,  drawing,  little boy,  montage,  axe,  subjective camera,  scientist,  combat,  fighting,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  car accident,  horse,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  fight,  sequel,  death,  dog,  violence

Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas
Story:heavyweight champion,  heavyweight,  rocky,  champion,  boxer,  boxing champion,  boxer hero,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  training,  sports hero,  trainer,  arena,  sweat,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  italian american,  jogging,  locker room,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  violence,  dog

Southpaw (2015)
Drama, Sport

Southpaw (2015)

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring. This is why Southpaw (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:hotel
Story:boxing champion,  boxing training,  boxer,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  southpaw,  heavyweight,  muscular,  trainer,  working out,  comeback,  dressing room,  press conference,  scene during opening credits,  las vegas nevada,  champion,  gym,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  running,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:final showdown,  horse drawn carriage,  action hero,  punched in the chest,  reverse footage,  bravery,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  fireplace,  chess,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  training,  little boy,  montage,  mountain,  axe,  subjective camera,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  horse,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  sequel,  flashback,  kiss,  violence,  blood

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:final showdown,  action hero,  culture clash,  beard,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  barn,  machismo,  ak 47,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  beaten to death,  news report,  drawing,  death of friend,  montage,  subjective camera,  birthday,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  horse,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  fight,  death

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger,  funeral
Locations:snow,  hotel
Story:car driving,  media coverage,  chauffeur,  dressing room,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  fame,  freeze frame,  chess,  manager,  bodyguard,  gym,  screaming,  limousine,  mansion,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  party,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  dog,  violence,  fight,  kiss,  death

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Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  revenge
Characters:russian,  warrior,  soldier
Story:action hero,  experimental technology,  repeated line,  loss of husband,  punched in the chest,  cameo,  fish out of water,  wristwatch,  beard,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  electronic music score,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  death of husband,  american abroad,  injection,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  beaten to death,  news report,  axe,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  violence

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

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. This is why 13 Hours (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  anger
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:working out,  sole black character dies cliche,  repeated line,  punching bag,  weightlifting,  close up of eyes,  lens flare,  bravery,  reverse footage,  honor,  press conference,  fish out of water,  wristwatch,  beard,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  machismo,  ak 47,  chess,  american abroad,  american flag,  bodyguard,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  death of friend,  montage,  mansion,  subjective camera,  combat,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  violence

Never Back Down (2008) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Drama, Sport

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:fighting movie,  working out,  punching bag,  fighter,  referee,  bruise,  black eye,  champion,  gym,  training,  montage,  mansion,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  party,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  blood,  flashback

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Yip Man 2 (2010)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:boxing champion,  boxing training,  training montage,  boxing match,  repeated line,  punching bag,  muscleman,  bravery,  social commentary,  honor,  culture clash,  press conference,  boxer,  champion,  uncle nephew relationship,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  sequel,  blood,  fight,  violence,  death

Lionheart (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:final showdown,  action hero,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  loss of husband,  punched in the chest,  fish out of water,  boxer,  jogging,  machismo,  death of husband,  bodyguard,  beaten to death,  binoculars,  limousine,  training,  drawing,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  combat,  fighting,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  blonde,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog,  fight,  death,  violence,  blood

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  anger,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:hatred,  final showdown,  action hero,  fade to black,  punched in the chest,  psychotronic,  social commentary,  culture clash,  loss of friend,  beard,  electronic music score,  uncle nephew relationship,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  training,  death of friend,  montage,  mountain,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  fight,  violence

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The Fighter (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime. This is why The Fighter (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  anger
Story:boxing match,  trainer,  boxer,  boxing champion,  boxing,  fighter,  boxing knockout,  boxing ko,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  champion,  fighting movie,  rocky,  comeback,  underdog,  bruise,  black eye,  pride,  press conference,  scene during opening credits,  fame,  freeze frame,  american abroad,  manager,  gym,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  training,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  blood

Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger
Locations:hotel
Story:boxing champion,  boxing ring,  fighting movie,  boxing,  fist,  endurance,  arena,  sweat,  punch,  black eye,  pride,  italian american,  machismo,  champion,  brawl,  tough guy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood,  fight

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:maid,  warrior
Story:action hero,  christmas tree,  fade to black,  black eye,  scene during opening credits,  machismo,  las vegas nevada,  character says i love you,  bodyguard,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  death

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Ali (2001)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Ali (2001)

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of duty for himself, Ali refuses to submit on principle to cooperate in an unjust war for a racist nation that treated his people so poorly. The cost of that stand is high as he finds himself unable to legally box in his own country while his case is contested in court. What follows is a battle for a man who would sacrifice so much for what he believes in and a comeback that would cement his legend as one of the great sports figures of all time. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Story:heavyweight champion,  boxing arena,  boxing champion,  boxing training,  victory,  boxer,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  heavyweight,  trainer,  patriot,  comeback,  sweat,  patriotism,  jogging,  champion,  american flag,  bodyguard,  gym,  boxing,  running,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  fistfight,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  death,  fight,  violence

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  revenge
Locations:tunnel,  snow
Characters:soldier
Story:final showdown,  star spangled banner,  returning character killed off,  hatred,  social commentary,  blockbuster,  beard,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  american flag,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  binoculars,  part of series,  death of friend,  montage,  mountain,  axe,  subjective camera,  combat,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  slow motion scene,  horse,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  sequel

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. This is why The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  revenge
Characters:russian,  warrior
Story:hero,  action hero,  experimental technology,  fist,  mob of reporters,  famous line,  famous score,  returning character killed off,  human monster,  media coverage,  lens flare,  bruise,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  social commentary,  honor,  press conference,  blockbuster,  electronic music score,  captain,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  american abroad,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  news report,  death of friend,  montage,  axe,  subjective camera,  scientist,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  car accident,  horse,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  fight,  death,  sequel,  dog,  kiss

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Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:soldier
Story:camcorder,  close up of eyes,  loss of husband,  punched in the chest,  reverse footage,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  electronic music score,  hypodermic needle,  freeze frame,  death of husband,  character says i love you,  american flag,  injection,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  screaming,  cigar smoking,  little boy,  montage,  mansion,  mountain,  subjective camera,  bed,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  death,  bare chested male,  flashback,  dog,  kiss,  blood

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:revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:muscular,  lens flare,  honor,  scene during opening credits,  beard,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  american abroad,  american flag,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  death of friend,  mountain,  axe,  subjective camera,  combat,  running,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death

Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

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

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  christmas,  revenge
Story:limousine driver,  boxing ring,  christmas day,  action hero,  lens flare,  punched in the chest,  boxer,  electronic music score,  machismo,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  uncle nephew relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  news report,  boxing,  death of friend,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:final showdown,  arena,  hatred,  reverse footage,  social commentary,  celebration,  beard,  training,  montage,  mountain,  axe,  combat,  showdown,  tough guy,  slow motion scene,  horse,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  blood,  flashback,  violence

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:tragedy,  brutality
Characters:warrior
Story:final showdown,  action hero,  strongman,  yelling,  punched in the chest,  jogging,  ak 47,  newspaper headline,  uncle nephew relationship,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  screaming,  binoculars,  cigar smoking,  news report,  mansion,  axe,  subjective camera,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight,  kiss,  death,  violence,  blood

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:tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  funeral
Characters:soldier
Story:media coverage,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  bravery,  cameo,  press conference,  jogging,  electronic music score,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  american flag,  product placement,  news report,  montage,  sunglasses,  brawl,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  dog,  fight,  violence

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Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:tunnel,  snow,  hotel
Characters:warrior
Story:final showdown,  actor director writer,  fade to black,  written by star,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  hatred,  social commentary,  celebration,  honor,  captain,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  directed by star,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  written and directed by cast member,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  cigar smoking,  montage,  mansion,  subjective camera,  showdown,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  blood

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

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

Themes:brutality,  anger,  revenge
Story:fade to black,  car driving,  hatred,  honor,  roman numeral in title,  machismo,  product placement,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  death of friend,  sunglasses,  brawl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  dog,  fight,  violence,  blood

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:revenge
Story:steroids,  pull ups,  lifting weights,  trainer,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  workout,  lens flare,  punched in the chest,  exercise,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  hypodermic needle,  machismo,  freeze frame,  american abroad,  american flag,  injection,  gym,  character's point of view camera shot,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  montage,  mansion,  axe,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  dog,  blood

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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. This is why Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:boxing ring,  action hero,  weightlifting,  italian american,  captain,  machismo,  freeze frame,  gym,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  montage,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  blood

3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  christmas
Locations:snow,  hotel
Story:limousine driver,  action hero,  christmas tree,  coming out of retirement,  lens flare,  scene during opening credits,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  character says i love you,  american abroad,  split screen,  injection,  bodyguard,  beaten to death,  binoculars,  montage,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  blood

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

New Jack City (1991)

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

Themes:brutality,  anger,  funeral,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:snow
Period:1980s
Story:action hero,  mob of reporters,  punched in the chest,  psychotronic,  italian american,  hatred,  cameo,  machismo,  ak 47,  character says i love you,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  drawing,  death of friend,  montage,  mansion,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  violence,  death,  fight,  blood

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Cinderella Man (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:snow
Story:heavyweight champion,  boxing champion,  boxing movie,  birthday cake,  boxing,  heavyweight,  trainer,  comeback,  fighter,  underdog,  honor,  boxer,  loss of friend,  death of husband,  manager,  locker room,  training,  cigar smoking,  death of friend,  subjective camera,  fighting,  birthday,  hero,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback

Days Of Thunder (1990)
Action, Drama, Sport

Days Of Thunder (1990)

Cole Trickle enters the high-pressure world of Nascar racing. He's a hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well.

Themes:redemption,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Story:coming out of retirement,  car driving,  media coverage,  cameo,  blockbuster,  electronic music score,  machismo,  freeze frame,  manager,  american flag,  product placement,  training,  cigar smoking,  news report,  montage,  mansion,  sunglasses,  showdown,  car accident,  black comedy,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  dog

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. This is why The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior
Story:birthday party,  action hero,  christmas tree,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  bravery,  reverse footage,  social commentary,  scene during opening credits,  machismo,  ak 47,  newspaper headline,  bodyguard,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  news report,  mansion,  birthday,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  car accident,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  party,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  dog,  blood,  fight,  flashback

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

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

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  revenge
Characters:soldier
Story:lens flare,  culture clash,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  hypodermic needle,  uncle nephew relationship,  manager,  american flag,  injection,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  car accident,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  death,  violence,  blood

Huo Yuanjia (2006)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family's name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each representing the major foreign powers in China. Huo commits to the bout and faces off against, respectively, a British boxer, a Spanish swordsman, a Belgian soldier, and a Japanese martial artist. What happened that day in 1910 has never been, and will never be, forgotten in China. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  brutality,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:action hero,  fist,  fighter,  patriotism,  pride,  boxer,  fame,  champion,  training,  coffin,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  fight,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  death,  blood

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,  revenge
Period:1980s
Story:star spangled banner,  invulnerability,  human monster,  punched in the chest,  reverse footage,  scene during opening credits,  barn,  electronic music score,  machismo,  freeze frame,  american flag,  product placement,  locker room,  screaming,  cigar smoking,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  horse,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  kiss,  death,  dog,  violence,  fight

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The Gunman (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Gunman (2015)

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically incapacitated by a type of accumulated and evolving physical brain damage caused by the hard knocks of his occupation. Unexpectedly, given the time that has elapsed, his reconnection to his old assassination team exposes additional intrigues with immediate deadly consequences. All of his years spent in hiding, have merely delayed the twisted end game that now enfolds. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  funeral,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Story:media coverage,  press conference,  scene during opening credits,  barn,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  death of husband,  american abroad,  bodyguard,  character's point of view camera shot,  news report,  death of friend,  politician,  mansion,  subjective camera,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  horse,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  kiss,  death

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. This is why Homefront (2013) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:birthday party,  action hero,  arena,  lens flare,  culture clash,  scene during opening credits,  machismo,  ak 47,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  axe,  birthday,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  horse,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  death,  dog,  fight,  violence,  flashback

Fighting (2009)
Action, Drama, Sport

Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. (Read More)

Story:boxing ring,  fighting movie,  working out,  fighter,  manager,  locker room,  limousine,  boxing,  combat,  fighting,  bed,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  blood

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The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  revenge
Characters:maid,  warrior,  soldier
Story:final showdown,  horse drawn carriage,  action hero,  coming out of retirement,  yelling,  close up of eyes,  punched in the chest,  bravery,  social commentary,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  captain,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  american abroad,  character's point of view camera shot,  beaten to death,  binoculars,  montage,  mountain,  subjective camera,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Period:1980s
Story:final showdown,  action hero,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  reverse footage,  honor,  press conference,  loss of friend,  barn,  american flag,  bodyguard,  beaten to death,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  training,  death of friend,  montage,  mansion,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  violence

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral
Characters:russian,  soldier
Story:action hero,  repeated line,  media coverage,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  barn,  newspaper headline,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  binoculars,  news report,  politician,  mansion,  running,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  blonde,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  blood,  death

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