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Rocky IV (1985)
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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)

Subgenre:
boxing film boxing movie fish out of water tragedy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
wilderness communism redemption brutality anger hero funeral christmas revenge death 
Locations:
tunnel russia airplane snow hotel swimming pool 
Characters:
russian villain action hero actor director writer military officer writer director uncle nephew relationship american abroad russian maid little boy warrior tough guy soldier brother sister relationship african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Period:
1980s 
Story:
fist fighter heavyweight champion boxing arena boxing champion boxing training training montage boxer hero kgb agent russian man russian army russian woman limousine driver boxing knockout boxing ko boxing glove moscow russia boxing ring boxing match birthday party fighting movie final showdown birthday cake sports hero horse drawn carriage christmas day 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 rocky wood chopping lifting weights brother in law brother in law relationship soviet army star spangled banner ends with freeze frame cheering 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 ussr swimmer repeated line patriot famous score comeback camcorder punching bag saw kgb arena sweat weightlifting returning character killed off human monster car driving strongman muscleman fighter yelling workout close up of eyes media coverage underdog written by star chauffeur referee 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 honor culture clash press conference wristwatch fourth part blockbuster roman numeral in title boxer scene during opening credits communist loss of friend 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 champion manager 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 boxing death of friend politician montage mansion mountain axe subjective camera scientist combat fighting robot bed birthday running sunglasses showdown brawl written by director watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene blonde car accident horse blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending party photograph cigarette smoking character name in title bare chested male flashback sequel blood kiss dog violence fight  (See All)

Rocky III (1982)
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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)

Subgenre:
boxing film boxing movie black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption brutality anger hero funeral christmas death revenge 
Locations:
airplane swimming pool 
Characters:
action hero writer director warrior tough guy brother sister relationship african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
fist fighter heavyweight champion training montage boxer hero limousine driver boxing ring boxing match fighting movie sports 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 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 written by director watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene fistfight beating surprise ending photograph cigarette smoking character name in title bare chested male fight violence sequel flashback kiss  (See All)

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Rocky V (1990)
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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)

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

Rocky II (1979)
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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)

Subgenre:
boxing movie cult film 
Themes:
brutality hero revenge 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
action hero writer director warrior tough guy brother sister relationship african american husband wife relationship 
Story:
fist fighter heavyweight champion boxing champion training montage boxer hero boxing ring boxing match fighting movie final showdown sports hero sequel to best picture winner recap segment southpaw 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 fade to black repeated line famous score comeback punching bag sweat weightlifting muscleman underdog written by star philadelphia pennsylvania punch bruise mustache black eye pride italian american reverse footage press conference wristwatch blockbuster roman numeral in title boxer 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 training cigar smoking boxing montage mansion combat fighting running sunglasses showdown brawl written by director watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending cigarette smoking character name in title bare chested male sequel fight blood flashback dog violence  (See All)

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

Subgenre:
boxing film boxing movie cult film 
Themes:
hero 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy father son relationship 
Story:
fist fighter heavyweight champion boxing champion boxing training training montage boxer hero boxing ring boxing match fighting movie sequel to best picture winner heavyweight rocky brother in law brother in law relationship coming out of retirement fist 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 boxing combat fighting running showdown brawl written by director watching tv punched in the face blood splatter fistfight character name in title flashback fight sequel violence blood dog  (See All)

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Creed (2015)
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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.... (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
snow hotel 
Characters:
american abroad african american mother son relationship 
Story:
boxing champion boxing ring boxing match fighting movie heavyweight rocky trainer punching bag fighter 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 champion manager gym character's point of view camera shot product placement character repeating someone else's dialogue locker room training boxing montage mansion subjective camera brawl watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene fistfight beating surprise ending photograph character name in title bare chested male sequel flashback blood kiss fight  (See All)

Bloodsport (1988)
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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)

Subgenre:
fish out of water black comedy cult film 
Themes:
hero death revenge 
Locations:
airplane hotel 
Characters:
action hero military officer american abroad warrior tough guy soldier husband wife relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
training montage fighting movie cheering muscleman underdog referee bruise punched in the chest psychotronic honor boxer electronic music score captain machismo freeze frame champion 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 punched in the face slow motion scene blonde blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending photograph bare chested male kiss flashback fight dog violence blood  (See All)

The Fighter (2010)
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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.

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

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Lionheart (1990) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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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)

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

Rocky (1976)
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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 
Characters:
tough guy brother sister relationship 
Story:
heavyweight champion boxer hero boxing match fighting movie sports hero heavyweight rocky arena sweat strongman muscleman underdog philadelphia pennsylvania italian american boxer jogging champion locker room training boxing showdown brawl blood splatter beating character name in title dog violence fight  (See All)

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

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

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Logan (2017)
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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)

Subgenre:
fish out of water tragedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality anger funeral death revenge 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
action hero little boy warrior tough guy soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
limousine driver final showdown invulnerability lifting person in air returning character killed off yelling chauffeur lens flare punched in the chest hatred social commentary 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 montage axe subjective camera scientist combat fighting running sunglasses showdown brawl written by director watching tv punched in the face car accident horse blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending photograph character name in title bare chested male dog blood violence fight sequel  (See All)

New Police Story (2004) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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New Police Story (2004)

Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led by the evil Joe. When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team. A young man with a troubled past pretends to be a police officer working on the case with Wing, to get him back on his feet and begin an adventure to get revenge on the evil Joe and his Gang of Five, especially when it becomes personal. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption hero funeral revenge death 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy brother sister relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
birthday cake repeated line punching bag fighter media coverage punched in the chest hatred reverse footage bravery press conference wristwatch electronic music score ak 47 split screen character's point of view camera shot product placement beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue binoculars training news report death of friend montage subjective camera birthday sunglasses showdown brawl punched in the face slow motion scene car accident blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending party photograph bare chested male flashback blood sequel violence fight  (See All)

Enemy Mine (1985)
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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)

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

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The Dark Knight (2008)
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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)

Subgenre:
tragedy cult film 
Themes:
brutality anger hero funeral death revenge 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
action hero american abroad russian warrior tough guy african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
experimental technology 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 ak 47 subtitled scene newspaper headline 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 written by director punched in the face slow motion scene car accident horse fistfight beating surprise ending party bare chested male blood sequel violence fight kiss dog  (See All)

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

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

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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Blood Father (2016)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality anger revenge death 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy 
Story:
final showdown 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 watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene car accident horse blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending party photograph bare chested male fight blood violence  (See All)

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The Bodyguard (1992)
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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)

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

Southpaw (2015)
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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.

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

13 Hours (2016)
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13 Hours (2016)

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

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

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Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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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)

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

Never Back Down (2008)
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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:
hero revenge 
Characters:
warrior tough guy father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
fighting movie working out punching bag fighter referee bruise black eye champion gym training montage mansion combat fighting showdown brawl punched in the face slow motion scene fistfight beating party bare chested male fight flashback blood violence  (See All)

Pain & Gain (2013)
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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)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
revenge 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
american abroad husband wife relationship 
Story:
pull ups lifting weights steroids sweat weightlifting strongman muscleman lens flare punched in the chest exercise looking at oneself in a mirror hypodermic needle machismo freeze frame 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 blood splatter fistfight beating photograph bare chested male blood fight flashback dog  (See All)

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Flatliners (1990)
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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)

Subgenre:
tragedy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption revenge death 
Locations:
snow 
Characters:
little boy soldier african american 
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 montage mansion mountain subjective camera bed watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene beating surprise ending party photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss blood dog flashback  (See All)

Ip Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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Ip 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)

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

Lone Survivor (2013)
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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:
death revenge 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
american abroad warrior tough guy soldier 
Story:
muscular lens flare honor scene during opening credits beard ak 47 subtitled scene american flag character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue binoculars death of friend mountain subjective camera combat running sunglasses brawl written by director slow motion scene blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending photograph bare chested male blood flashback fight violence  (See All)

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Ali (2001)
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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)

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

Run All Night (2015)
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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 death revenge 
Characters:
action hero uncle nephew relationship brother sister relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
limousine driver boxing ring lens flare punched in the chest boxer electronic music score machismo freeze frame subtitled scene newspaper headline 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 photograph cigarette smoking flashback blood violence  (See All)

Warrior (2011) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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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 husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
boxing ring birthday party fighting movie trainer 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 montage fighting punched in the face bare chested male violence fight  (See All)

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New Jack City (1991)
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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)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
brutality anger funeral christmas revenge death 
Locations:
snow swimming pool 
Characters:
action hero tough guy african american husband wife relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
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 punched in the face slow motion scene blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending party bare chested male flashback fight violence blood  (See All)

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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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)

Subgenre:
tragedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality anger revenge death 
Locations:
tunnel snow 
Characters:
soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
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 bare chested male fight blood flashback violence sequel  (See All)

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
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Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
anger hero funeral death revenge 
Locations:
airplane snow hotel 
Characters:
action hero american abroad warrior tough guy soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
birthday party camcorder mustache honor press conference blockbuster ak 47 subtitled scene american flag bodyguard binoculars limousine news report death of friend politician mansion combat sunglasses showdown brawl watching tv slow motion scene car accident blood splatter fistfight surprise ending sequel blood violence  (See All)

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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. (Read More)

Themes:
brutality funeral christmas death revenge 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
american abroad warrior soldier husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
christmas tree star spangled banner weightlifting close up of eyes patriotism black eye bravery beard machismo ak 47 subtitled scene american flag character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue binoculars news report death of friend combat sunglasses slow motion scene car accident horse blood splatter beating party photograph bare chested male blood flashback fight dog violence  (See All)

The Accountant (2016)
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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 death revenge 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy soldier brother sister relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
final showdown 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 punched in the face slow motion scene blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending photograph bare chested male blood fight violence flashback  (See All)

3 Days To Kill (2014)
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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)

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

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The Nice Guys (2016)
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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)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality christmas death revenge 
Locations:
airplane hotel swimming pool 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy african american 
Story:
birthday party christmas tree car driving 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 written by director watching tv punched in the face car accident blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending party cigarette smoking bare chested male fight flashback dog blood violence  (See All)

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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)

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

Wild Card (2015)
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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)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality christmas revenge death 
Locations:
hotel 
Characters:
action hero maid warrior tough guy 
Story:
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 punched in the face slow motion scene blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending cigarette smoking character name in title bare chested male fight blood flashback violence  (See All)

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Near Dark (1987)
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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.

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption revenge death 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father son relationship family relationships 
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 blood splatter fistfight beating surprise ending cigarette smoking bare chested male fight blood kiss dog violence  (See All)

Live By Night (2016)
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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 spe… (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy black comedy 
Themes:
redemption brutality anger funeral death revenge 
Locations:
tunnel snow hotel 
Characters:
actor director writer warrior tough guy brother sister relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
final showdown fade to black written by star mustache punched in the chest italian american hatred social commentary 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 written by director punched in the face slow motion scene car accident blood splatter beating surprise ending party photograph cigarette smoking blood violence  (See All)

Raging Bull (1980) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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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 swimming pool 
Characters:
tough guy husband wife relationship 
Story:
boxing ring fighting movie fist endurance arena sweat punch black eye pride italian american machismo champion boxing brawl fistfight beating blood violence fight  (See All)

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Colossal (2016)
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Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
redemption anger revenge death 
Locations:
airplane hotel swimming pool 
Characters:
american abroad soldier 
Story:
final showdown lifting person in air human monster media coverage black eye beard subtitled scene newspaper headline product placement news report montage robot showdown brawl written by director watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene fistfight surprise ending photograph kiss fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

Creed II (2018)
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Creed II (2018)

Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight against an opponent with ties to his family's past, Adonis Creed is up against the challenge of his life.

Subgenre:
boxing movie 
Themes:
revenge 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
tough guy african american mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
heavyweight champion training montage boxer hero moscow russia boxing ring boxing match final showdown sports hero sequel to best picture winner roman numbered sequel punching bag media coverage philadelphia pennsylvania punched in the chest italian american press conference roman numeral in title subtitled scene las vegas nevada product placement character repeating someone else's dialogue news report boxing subjective camera watching tv punched in the face slow motion scene surprise ending photograph bare chested male sequel blood violence  (See All)

Gran Torino (2008)
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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)

Subgenre:
tragedy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption funeral death revenge 
Characters:
tough guy brother sister relationship african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
birthday party birthday cake bruise black eye 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 subjective camera birthday showdown watching tv punched in the face beating surprise ending party cigarette smoking bare chested male dog blood  (See All)

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon s… (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption hero revenge death 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
action hero military officer tough guy soldier african american 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
chanting strongman muscleman patriotism punched in the chest hatred reverse footage culture clash exercise jogging machismo cold war ak 47 directed by star american flag product placement character repeating someone else's dialogue training cigar smoking radio death of friend combat sunglasses brawl punched in the face fistfight beating photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male fight violence  (See All)

Triple 9 (2016)
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Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
brutality anger revenge death 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
uncle nephew relationship russian african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
ends with freeze frame lens flare punched in the chest reverse footage loss of friend scene during opening credits electronic music score machismo ak 47 subtitled scene newspaper headline bodyguard limousine cigar smoking news report death of friend montage sunglasses brawl punched in the face car accident blood splatter beating surprise ending party photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male violence blood  (See All)

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
brutality anger hero revenge death 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy 
Story:
limousine driver fighter punched in the chest hatred hypodermic needle fireplace newspaper headline injection bodyguard character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue binoculars limousine cigar smoking mansion subjective camera fighting robot showdown brawl punched in the face car accident fistfight beating surprise ending party photograph cigarette smoking character name in title bare chested male fight blood kiss violence flashback  (See All)

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Ben-hur (2016)
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Ben-hur (2016)

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

Sneakers (1992) is one of the best movies like Rocky IV (1985)
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Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
redemption christmas revenge 
Locations:
tunnel russia snow swimming pool 
Characters:
russian husband wife relationship 
Story:
final showdown christmas tree camcorder lens flare social commentary blockbuster scene during opening credits hypodermic needle newspaper headline injection bodyguard product placement binoculars limousine news report montage sunglasses showdown written by director watching tv car accident surprise ending party dog flashback  (See All)

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

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

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