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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Logan (2017)
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

Rocky (1976) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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

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.

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

The Fighter (2010)
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

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

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

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

The Dark Knight (2008)

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

Themes: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

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

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. This is why Pain & Gain (2013) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (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

Cinderella Man (2005) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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

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

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes: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

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

The Accountant (2016)
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

American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. This is why American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, funeral, christmas, revenge
Characters:warrior, soldier
Story:christmas tree, star spangled banner, weightlifting, close up of eyes, patriotism, black eye, bravery, beard, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene, american abroad, american flag, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, news report, death of friend, combat, sunglasses

Warrior (2011)
Drama, Sport

Warrior (2011)

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:boxing ring, birthday party, fighting movie, fighting, trainer, arena, strongman, muscleman, fighter, underdog, referee, philadelphia pennsylvania, bruise, black eye, character says i love you, split screen, gym, character repeating someone else's dialogue, training, news report

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:brutality, revenge
Story:mob of reporters, human monster, close up of eyes, media coverage, punched in the chest, social commentary, scene during opening credits, looking at oneself in a mirror, fame, freeze frame, subtitled scene, newspaper headline, character's point of view camera shot, beaten to death, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, montage, subjective camera, sunglasses, brawl

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:brutality, anger, christmas, revenge
Period:1980s
Story:christmas tree, walkman, sole black character dies cliche, human monster, hatred, scene during opening credits, exercise, looking at oneself in a mirror, fireplace, machismo, screaming, limousine, cigar smoking, drawing, montage, axe, bed, running, sunglasses, watching tv

Dracula Untold (2014) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War

Dracula Untold (2014)

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, brutality, revenge
Characters:warrior, soldier
Story:horse drawn carriage, action hero, coming out of retirement, yelling, pride, hatred, freeze frame, subtitled scene, character's point of view camera shot, screaming, mountain, axe, subjective camera, combat, running, showdown, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, horse

Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... This is why Air Force One (1997) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:russia
Characters:russian, soldier
Story:moscow russia, action hero, patriot, fighter, bravery, honor, press conference, blockbuster, ak 47, american flag, screaming, limousine, mansion, combat, fighting, showdown, tough guy, airplane, hero, blood splatter

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:repeated line, arena, close up of eyes, media coverage, reverse footage, cameo, scene during opening credits, directed by star, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, news report, montage, subjective camera, sunglasses, brawl, watching tv, punched in the face, slow motion scene, blonde, horse

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, brutality, revenge
Characters:soldier
Story:final showdown, action hero, returning character killed off, patriotism, punched in the chest, jogging, fireplace, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene, american abroad, american flag, bodyguard, character's point of view camera shot, product placement, beaten to death, character repeating someone else's dialogue, limousine, news report, politician

The Hateful Eight (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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... (Read More)

Themes:brutality, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior
Story:horse drawn carriage, black eye, punched in the chest, scene during opening credits, beard, barn, electronic music score, fireplace, freeze frame, chess, subtitled scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, mountain, brawl, tough guy, written by director, punched in the face, slow motion scene, horse, black comedy

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, revenge
Characters:warrior, soldier
Story:final showdown, action hero, fighter, punched in the chest, reverse footage, social commentary, scene during opening credits, electronic music score, hypodermic needle, subtitled scene, injection, bodyguard, character's point of view camera shot, beaten to death, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, cigar smoking, montage, subjective camera, scientist

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. This is why War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:anger, funeral, christmas, revenge
Locations:tunnel, snow, hotel
Characters:soldier
Story:stopwatch, cameo, captain, machismo, ak 47, freeze frame, las vegas nevada, american abroad, product placement, montage, sunglasses, punched in the face, slow motion scene, airplane, black comedy, beating, surprise ending, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

This new version of the saga of CIA analyst Jack Ryan begins as Jack attends the London School of Economics. 9/11 happens. He subsequently enlists in the Marines, sustaining severe injuries when the chopper deploying him to Afghanistan is shot down. While in intense rehab, he grabs the attention of Harper, a man who works for the CIA and who would like Jack to finish his studies, get a job on Wall Street, and seek out terrorist plots through their financial transactions. Ten years pass. Jack finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin and thinks he should go to Russia to check out what's going on. He's told not to tell anyone who he is, including his girlfriend Cathy, which makes her doubt him when she catches him in some lies. In Russia, Cherevin assigns someone to assist Jack, but when the two are alone, the man tries to kill Jack instead, so Jack kills him. Obviously, Cherevin is hiding something. Jack goes to meet him and says he'll bring his fiancee along, but when Cathy shows up, Jack has to tell her the truth. Harper says Cathy has to go with Jack when she meets Cherevin. Jack doesn't want her to but Cathy says she's going, so the action begins that leads to the climax. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:russia, hotel
Characters:russian, soldier
Story:moscow russia, stopwatch, lens flare, bravery, hypodermic needle, subtitled scene, character says i love you, american abroad, bodyguard, gym, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, limousine, news report, politician, fighting, sunglasses, brawl, punched in the face

Yip Man (2008) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:redemption
Characters:warrior
Story:fighting movie, action hero, repeated line, patriotism, bravery, social commentary, honor, culture clash, blockbuster, champion, bodyguard, beaten to death, character repeating someone else's dialogue, combat, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face, fistfight, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, christmas
Locations:snow
Period:1980s
Story:birthday party, birthday cake, christmas tree, loss of husband, looking at oneself in a mirror, jogging, fireplace, death of husband, training, montage, mansion, birthday, brawl, punched in the face, car accident, fistfight, surprise ending, party, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Characters:maid
Story:reference to popeye, lifting weights, chanting, treadmill, weightlifting, mustache, celebration, wristwatch, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, freeze frame, newspaper headline, las vegas nevada, american abroad, manager, american flag, character repeating someone else's dialogue, limousine, montage, mansion

Don Jon (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. This is why Don Jon (2013) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Story:birthday party, pull ups, actor director writer, weightlifting, lens flare, italian american, exercise, death of husband, character says i love you, directed by star, gym, character repeating someone else's dialogue, watching tv, slow motion scene, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, bare chested male

The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:redemption, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior, soldier
Story:honor, captain, patriot, military officer, loss of husband, hatred, bravery, reverse footage, social commentary, blockbuster, subtitled scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, combat, slow motion scene, horse, blood splatter, beating, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship

Daredevil (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, funeral, revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:boxing knockout, boxing ko, action hero, hero, cameo, boxer, hypodermic needle, newspaper headline, product placement, beaten to death, limousine, training, cigar smoking, boxing, combat, sunglasses, showdown, brawl, tough guy, slow motion scene

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, brutality, revenge
Locations:snow
Story:famous line, famous score, weightlifting, close up of eyes, punched in the chest, hatred, reverse footage, social commentary, wristwatch, blockbuster, electronic music score, hypodermic needle, newspaper headline, injection, bodyguard, character's point of view camera shot, beaten to death, locker room, politician, montage

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, brutality, revenge
Story:robot, media coverage, social commentary, electronic music score, ak 47, american abroad, character's point of view camera shot, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, training, cigar smoking, news report, death of friend, montage, subjective camera, fighting, showdown, written by director, slow motion scene

The Revenant (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. This is why The Revenant (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior
Story:final showdown, action hero, lens flare, bravery, wilderness, loss of friend, beard, captain, subtitled scene, character's point of view camera shot, axe, subjective camera, combat, showdown, brawl, tough guy, horse, blood splatter, fistfight, surprise ending

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:soldier
Story:final showdown, fish out of water, subtitled scene, character says i love you, american abroad, split screen, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, training, little boy, subjective camera, running, punched in the face, slow motion scene, blood splatter, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

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. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, anger, revenge
Period:1980s
Story:weightlifting, car driving, punched in the chest, pride, hatred, honor, loss of friend, electronic music score, machismo, ak 47, locker room, little boy, death of friend, montage, running, brawl, tough guy, written by director, punched in the face, slow motion scene

Gangster Squad (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, christmas, revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:maid, soldier
Story:action hero, media coverage, lens flare, boxer, barn, machismo, freeze frame, newspaper headline, bodyguard, beaten to death, character repeating someone else's dialogue, cigar smoking, news report, death of friend, mansion, showdown, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene

Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Locations:russia, snow
Characters:russian, soldier
Story:repeated line, communist, loss of friend, fame, propaganda, soviet union, character repeating someone else's dialogue, binoculars, montage, fighting, showdown, airplane, hero, horse, blood splatter, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. This is why Alexander (2004) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy, brutality, anger, revenge
Locations:snow
Characters:warrior, soldier
Story:action hero, arena, hatred, bravery, honor, blockbuster, electronic music score, character's point of view camera shot, training, death of friend, mountain, axe, subjective camera, combat, bed, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, hero

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:redemption, tragedy, revenge
Story:wood chopping, lens flare, social commentary, barn, subtitled scene, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, death of friend, montage, axe, tough guy, written by director, slow motion scene, car accident, blood splatter, surprise ending, party, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:snow, hotel
Story:hatred, hypodermic needle, split screen, injection, bodyguard, character's point of view camera shot, beaten to death, montage, subjective camera, fighting, birthday, running, sunglasses, brawl, watching tv, slow motion scene, blood splatter, fistfight, beating, brother sister relationship

The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:snow
Characters:soldier
Story:actor director writer, military officer, written by star, mustache, bravery, looking at oneself in a mirror, barn, captain, subtitled scene, newspaper headline, american abroad, directed by star, american flag, binoculars, training, radio, death of friend, montage, combat, written by director

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, tragedy, funeral, revenge
Story:birthday party, birthday cake, bruise, black eye, pride, italian american, honor, culture clash, blockbuster, looking at oneself in a mirror, machismo, subtitled scene, directed by star, american flag, character's point of view camera shot, product placement, training, coffin, death of friend, montage

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