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Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Speed (1994)

Bomber terrorist's elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack's superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb. (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, sexuality, wrestling, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:elevator, airport, bar
Characters:villain, warrior, hostage, detective, friend
Period:1990s
Story:bomb, bomb squad, bus, train hijack, subway chase, police badge, action heroine, subway station, terrorist plot, strapped to a bomb, trapped in an elevator, elevator shaft, exploding bus, bus ride, bus driver, exploding airplane, sawed off shotgun, rescue mission, pump action shotgun, jaguar car

Rush Hour (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour (1998)

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:detective, villain, warrior, hostage, friend
Period:1990s
Story:fbi, lapd, strapped to a bomb, bomb squad, los angeles california, police car, action hero, foot chase, traffic jam, siren, tough cop, wisecrack humor, bravery, interracial friendship, mexican standoff, ransom, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, trust

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. (Read More)

Themes:panic, wrestling, terrorism, fear
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:airport, elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage, friend
Period:1990s
Story:terrorist plot, elevator shaft, exploding airplane, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, hijacker, hijack, lapd, hijacking, glock, tough cop, wisecrack humor, one day, aviation, explosive, ransom, swat team, blockbuster, sociopath, machismo

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding airplane, car chase, police car, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, damsel in distress, swat team, trust, undercover, fbi, one against many, news report, one man army, woman, ambulance, strangulation, f word, revolver

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:terrorist plot, car chase, police car, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, cut into pieces, exploding house, strong language, wisecrack humor, explosive, interracial friendship, wristwatch, death of friend, sociopath, opening action scene, undercover, pay phone, one against many, latex gloves

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. This is why Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Mood:suspense
Characters:warrior
Story:terrorist plot, sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, car chase, police car, action hero, auto theft, timebomb, explosive, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, kissing while having sex, love interest, opening action scene, undercover, fbi, binoculars, one against many

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated. (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, wrestling, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:detective, warrior, hostage
Period:1990s
Story:subway station, terrorist plot, subway, terrorist, car chase, bomb, action hero, car crash, garbage truck, timebomb, tough cop, wisecrack humor, one day, interracial friendship, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, police brutality, die hard scenario, opening action scene

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hostage, warrior, detective
Story:terrorist plot, elevator shaft, rescue mission, los angeles california, action hero, free fall, tough cop, wisecrack humor, one day, damsel in distress, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, disaster, machismo, police brutality, first part, die hard scenario, speech, evil man

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, wrestling, terrorism, fear, kidnapping
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:detective, hostage
Story:computer, terrorist plot, fbi, trapped in an elevator, elevator shaft, terrorist, car chase, los angeles california, police car, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, cut into pieces, exploding house, traffic jam, telephone booth, glock, tough cop, booby trap, blockbuster

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:woman, action heroine, terrorist plot, rescue mission, car chase, police car, action hero, car crash, foot chase, motorcycle cop, wisecrack humor, damsel in distress, explosive, mexican standoff, swat team, wristwatch, blockbuster, sociopath, opening action scene, tough girl

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. This is why Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, detective, friend
Story:california, pump action shotgun, car chase, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, badge, tough cop, wisecrack humor, damsel in distress, blockbuster, death of friend, machismo, police brutality, first part, undercover, map, ambulance, police station

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, rescue mission, car chase, action hero, car crash, foot chase, timebomb, one day, explosive, mexican standoff, wristwatch, heroine, die hard scenario, tough girl, one against many, map, subway, mixed martial arts, strangulation, bomb

The Fast And The Furious (2001) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies. (Read More)

Characters:detective
Story:undercover, lapd, pump action shotgun, car chase, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, studio logo segues into film, hijack, hijacking, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, kissing while having sex, first part, opening action scene, evil man, fbi, mixed martial arts

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, fear, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:terrorist plot, terrorist, action hero, hijacker, hijack, badge, hijacking, ex cop, timebomb, one day, ransom, wristwatch, sociopath, police brutality, trust, die hard scenario, news report, one man army, mixed martial arts, ambulance

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:panic, surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, airport, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:action heroine, terrorist plot, exploding airplane, sawed off shotgun, action hero, car crash, foot chase, garbage truck, timebomb, booby trap, explosive, swat team, blockbuster, sociopath, die hard scenario, opening action scene, tough girl, evil man, one against many, police officer killed

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This is why Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear, kidnapping
Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:car chase, los angeles california, police car, car crash, lapd, garbage truck, ex cop, love interest, opening action scene, mini skirt, binoculars, police officer killed, mixed martial arts, strangulation, california, police station, f word, fighting, handcuffs, held at gunpoint

Air Force One (1997) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
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... (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:terrorist plot, rescue mission, police car, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, hijacker, hijack, hijacking, medal, glock, video tape, aviation, bravery, blockbuster, applause, disaster, die hard scenario, speech, opening action scene, one against many

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

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

Themes:revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:woman, sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, thong panties, action hero, semiautomatic pistol, passionate kiss, wisecrack humor, machismo, kissing while having sex, opening action scene, tough girl, evil man, one against many, latex gloves, bartender, one man army, scantily clad female, mixed martial arts, good versus evil

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

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, terrorist plot, exploding airplane, pump action shotgun, car chase, action hero, car crash, foot chase, timebomb, wisecrack humor, booby trap, swat team, die hard scenario, tough girl, undercover, fbi, mixed martial arts, terrorist, revolver, handcuffs

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:panic, surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:villain, warrior, hostage, detective
Story:hero, terrorist plot, strapped to a bomb, sawed off shotgun, rescue mission, car chase, action hero, car crash, garbage truck, timebomb, madman, booby trap, explosive, damsel in distress, swat team, blockbuster, death of friend, sociopath, police brutality, trust

From Paris With Love (2010) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? This is why From Paris With Love (2010) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism
Locations:elevator, airport
Story:terrorist plot, strapped to a bomb, car chase, police car, car crash, foot chase, motorcycle cop, traffic jam, wisecrack humor, explosive, swat team, wristwatch, undercover, pay phone, binoculars, woman, terrorist, f word, revolver, bomb

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage, detective, friend
Period:1990s
Story:subway station, car chase, police car, badge, glock, ex cop, damsel in distress, swat team, sociopath, evil man, pay phone, police officer killed, map, subway, ambulance, police station, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:panic, fear, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:warrior
Story:subway station, car chase, action hero, car crash, foot chase, machismo, opening action scene, tough girl, one against many, one man army, subway, mixed martial arts, strangulation, f word, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

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

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage
Story:car chase, car crash, foot chase, timebomb, wisecrack humor, mexican standoff, opening action scene, tough girl, undercover, one against many, bartender, mixed martial arts, strangulation, f word, handcuffs, bomb, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy, airplane

Furious 6 (2013) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Furious 6 (2013)

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, subway station, terrorist plot, exploding airplane, car chase, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, foot chase, cut into pieces, ex cop, wisecrack humor, explosive, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, death of friend, tough girl, undercover, fbi

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. This is why The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:sawed off shotgun, action hero, foot chase, extortion, booby trap, wristwatch, sociopath, die hard scenario, fbi, one against many, one man army, mixed martial arts, strangulation, f word, revolver, handcuffs, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy, bus

Bad Boys (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bad Boys (1995)

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:detective, friend
Period:1990s
Story:pump action shotgun, car chase, action hero, car crash, foot chase, badge, strong language, glock, tough cop, wisecrack humor, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, police brutality, directorial debut, first part, opening action scene, police station, f word

The Expendables 2 (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Barney Ross is approached by CIA man Church, who wants him and his guns for hire to go to the former Soviet Union to retrieve something that was on a plane that crashed. Church doesn't tell him what he is getting. And Church sends a woman, Maggie with him to make sure he gets it. They find the plane and get the thing but some men take one of Barney's people hostage and the leader tells him to give him what they got or he'll kill his hostage. They give it to him but he kills his hostage anyway. Barney asks Maggie what was so important about that thing. She says that it showed the location of a Russian plutonium storage mine. Barney decides to track the man down and deal with him. They track them down and discover that the man they seek is Vilain who leads a group known as The Sangs and that they have taken all the men from the surrounding villages to work the mine. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage, villain
Story:rescue mission, action heroine, terrorist plot, action hero, rescue, wisecrack humor, explosive, mexican standoff, death of friend, machismo, die hard scenario, opening action scene, tough girl, evil man, binoculars, one man army, map, mixed martial arts, woman, ambulance

Demolition Man (1993) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Demolition Man (1993)

Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior, hostage
Period:1990s
Story:sawed off shotgun, car chase, los angeles california, police car, action hero, police officer, foot chase, lapd, ex cop, passionate kiss, tough cop, wisecrack humor, machismo, police brutality, die hard scenario, opening action scene, tough girl, evil man, one against many, one man army

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:panic, surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, exploding airplane, rescue mission, car chase, action hero, car crash, booby trap, bravery, damsel in distress, explosive, blockbuster, death of friend, sociopath, strong female character, disaster, love interest, opening action scene, tough girl, undercover, one against many

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, terrorist plot, rescue mission, action hero, foot chase, explosive, mexican standoff, death of friend, opening action scene, tough girl, undercover, binoculars, news report, mixed martial arts, terrorist, good versus evil, handcuffs, bomb, held at gunpoint, brawl

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:panic, surveillance, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:police car, action hero, car crash, foot chase, wisecrack humor, bravery, death of friend, opening action scene, binoculars, police officer killed, news report, one man army, subway, mixed martial arts, ambulance, strangulation, good versus evil, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:warrior, detective
Story:terrorist plot, sawed off shotgun, car chase, action hero, car crash, cut into pieces, tough cop, wisecrack humor, explosive, police brutality, die hard scenario, undercover, police officer killed, news report, one man army, strangulation, terrorist, police station, bomb, held at gunpoint

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:panic, fear, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:woman, pump action shotgun, car chase, los angeles california, police car, action hero, car crash, foot chase, ex cop, wisecrack humor, booby trap, bravery, damsel in distress, sociopath, strong female character, machismo, undercover, pay phone, bartender, news report

Spectre (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Spectre (2015)

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:terrorist plot, strapped to a bomb, car chase, action hero, car crash, foot chase, timebomb, wisecrack humor, damsel in distress, swat team, wristwatch, blockbuster, sociopath, opening action scene, evil man, undercover, one against many, latex gloves, bartender, news report

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. This is why Rush Hour 3 (2007) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:villain, hostage, detective
Story:car chase, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, lapd, traffic jam, glock, tough cop, interracial friendship, speech, latex gloves, scantily clad female, woman, held at gunpoint, brawl, tough guy, airplane, rescue

Captain America: Civil War (2016) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:villain, warrior, hostage, friend
Period:1990s
Story:action heroine, terrorist plot, elevator shaft, exploding airplane, car chase, police car, action hero, car crash, foot chase, garbage truck, wisecrack humor, booby trap, explosive, interracial friendship, mexican standoff, swat team, wristwatch, blockbuster, opening action scene, tough girl

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

S.w.a.t. (2003)

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

Themes:revenge
Locations:airport, bar
Characters:hostage, warrior, friend
Story:swat team, action heroine, subway station, car chase, los angeles california, police car, action hero, foot chase, lapd, motorcycle cop, tough cop, wisecrack humor, booby trap, explosive, interracial friendship, police brutality, trust, directorial debut, die hard scenario, opening action scene

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance, wrestling, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:rescue mission, car chase, action hero, car crash, damsel in distress, explosive, mexican standoff, ransom, sociopath, machismo, first part, die hard scenario, evil man, fbi, mixed martial arts, strangulation, decapitation, f word, psychopath, bomb

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009)

In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this? (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:train hijack, hijack, subway station, subway, car chase, car crash, car, hijacker, motorcycle cop, hijacking, one day, ransom, swat team, die hard scenario, news report, terrorist, train, held at gunpoint, rescue, shot in the chest

Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship. This is why Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:detective, friend
Story:sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, semiautomatic pistol, police officer, foot chase, exploding house, tough cop, wisecrack humor, swat team, blockbuster, machismo, police brutality, trust, first part, undercover, police officer killed, police station

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:terrorist, terrorist plot, exploding bus, exploding airplane, action hero, car crash, foot chase, garbage truck, wisecrack humor, one day, swat team, disaster, strong female character, machismo, first part, die hard scenario, evil man, fbi, one against many, police officer killed

Skyfall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Skyfall (2012)

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:subway chase, computer, terrorist plot, sawed off shotgun, car chase, fight on a train roof, action hero, car crash, train, foot chase, exploding house, booby trap, explosive, blockbuster, sociopath, kissing while having sex, trust, love interest, opening action scene, undercover

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance
Mood:suspense
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage, detective
Period:1990s
Story:subway station, exploding bus, car chase, police car, action hero, bus, semiautomatic pistol, foot chase, garbage truck, telephone booth, glock, tough cop, blockbuster, trust, speech, undercover, pay phone, police officer killed, subway, ambulance

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Characters:warrior, hostage
Story:action heroine, action hero, foot chase, free fall, booby trap, strong female character, trust, tough girl, evil man, one man army, decapitation, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, tough guy, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. This is why Underworld Awakening (2012) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, kidnapping, revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:warrior, hostage, detective
Story:action heroine, elevator shaft, car crash, explosive, police brutality, tough girl, one against many, news report, mixed martial arts, strangulation, police station, good versus evil, decapitation, fighting, revolver, handcuffs, bomb, held at gunpoint, brawl, rescue

The Terminator (1984)
Action, Sci-fi

The Terminator (1984)

A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ? (Read More)

Mood:suspense, gore
Characters:warrior
Story:woman, sawed off shotgun, pump action shotgun, car chase, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, computer, foot chase, strong language, blockbuster, death of friend, kissing while having sex, first part, opening action scene, pay phone, one against many, police officer killed, news report, one man army

Furious Seven (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Furious Seven (2015)

Dominic and his crew thought they'd left the criminal mercenary life behind. They'd defeated international terrorist Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw, is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called "God's Eye," that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, terrorism, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:terrorist plot, sawed off shotgun, terrorist, rescue mission, car chase, los angeles california, action hero, car crash, foot chase, exploding house, ex cop, blockbuster, death of friend, tough girl, police officer killed, news report, mixed martial arts, ambulance, revolver, handcuffs

Hancock (2008) is one of the best movies like Speed (1994)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

Hancock (2008)

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

Themes:fear, revenge
Characters:villain, hostage
Story:action heroine, strapped to a bomb, car chase, los angeles california, police car, action hero, blockbuster, applause, opening action scene, tough girl, mixed martial arts, football, revolver, bomb, brawl, tough guy, bus, rescue, hero, shot in the chest

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:panic, fear, revenge
Mood:suspense, gore
Locations:bar
Characters:villain, detective
Story:police car, car crash, foot chase, video tape, hysteria, madman, siren, sociopath, machismo, first part, evil man, pay phone, police officer killed, bartender, scantily clad female, woman, ambulance, strangulation, decapitation, f word

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