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Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Street Kings (2008)

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism, redemption, corruption, kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Period:2000s
Story:vice cop, societal hypocrisy, police corruption, murder investigation, los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, police officer shot by a police officer, gun salute, los angeles police department, police bust, police harassment, police funeral, renegade cop, drinking on the job, escape from handcuffs, fight in car, reference to rodney king, photograph in newspaper, vomiting in a toilet

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Period:2000s
Story:police corruption, police shootout, corrupt police, ethnic slur, undercover cop, shot in the face, masked man, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Period:2000s
Story:police shootout, phone book, bullet proof vest, shot in the throat, shot in the neck, masked man, revelation, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, police station, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Story:police shootout, street shootout, n word, body in a trunk, set up, ethnic slur, undercover cop, ghetto, die hard scenario, kicked in the face, no opening credits, police station, rescue, shotgun, machine gun, car accident, neo noir, beating, shootout, pistol

The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:los angeles california, methamphetamine, lapd, shot in the face, impostor, masked man, revelation, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, california, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Story:shot in the throat, body in a trunk, shot in the neck, ethnic slur, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, california, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, beating

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:kidnapping
Story:police shootout, street shootout, black cop, ethnic slur, undercover cop, impostor, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, police station, shot in the back, investigation, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, shot to death, beating, shootout

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:murder investigation, police shootout, street shootout, police funeral, cop killer, shot in the face, gun battle, police officer killed, no opening credits, police station, f word, investigation, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Story:los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, shot in the face, gun battle, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, police station, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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:corruption, kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Story:police corruption, police shootout, street shootout, black cop, body in a trunk, abuse of power, shot in the neck, ethnic slur, ghetto, shot in the face, masked man, kicked in the face, police officer killed, police station, f word, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008).

Story:los angeles california, street shootout, n word, ethnic slur, ghetto, shot in the shoulder, no opening credits, california, police station, shot in the back, f word, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, beating, shootout, pistol

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:corruption
Story:police corruption, shot in the throat, vigilante justice, shot in the neck, barbed wire, stabbed in the head, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, investigation, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse

Narc (2002) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? (Read More)

Story:police shootout, planting evidence, shot in the neck, undercover cop, shot in the face, loss of wife, revelation, widower, shot in the leg, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, surprise ending

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, corrupt police, lapd, masked man, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. (Read More)

Story:police corruption, fight in car, outnumbered, shot in the throat, body in a trunk, undercover cop, stabbed in the head, shot in the face, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. This is why Training Day (2001) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Story:lapd, police corruption, los angeles california, los angeles police department, reference to rodney king, corrupt police, black cop, dirty cop, n word, cartoon on tv, ghetto, die hard scenario, police officer killed, california, f word, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter

Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Period:2000s
Story:street shootout, vigilante justice, shot in the neck, shot in the face, revelation, shot in the shoulder, widower, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Story:police corruption, police shootout, investigation, police funeral, crooked cops, planting evidence, black cop, dirty cop, ethnic slur, gun battle, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident

Exit Wounds (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Exit Wounds (2001)

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit cop who doesn't follow rules. After he saved the Vice President by violating every order he received he is transferred to one of the worst precincts in the city. There he quickly encounters some corrupt cops selling heroin to drug dealers. The problem is, it's very difficult to tell who is the bad guy and who you can trust. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Period:2000s
Story:vice, police corruption, police shootout, street shootout, corrupt police, black cop, shot in the neck, video surveillance, ethnic slur, undercover cop, revelation, captain, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:redemption, corruption, kidnapping
Story:police corruption, police shootout, street shootout, vice, corrupt police, n word, ethnic slur, shot in the face, loss of wife, captain, shot in the shoulder, widower, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
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 Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:los angeles california, lapd, revelation, kicked in the face, police officer killed, no opening credits, california, police station, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:undercover cop, police shootout, police funeral, bullet proof vest, shot in the neck, video surveillance, gun battle, masked man, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, shot in the back, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Story:police corruption, police shootout, street shootout, dirty cop, masked man, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, police station, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol, violence, blood, gun

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Story:shot in the throat, shot in the neck, stabbed in the head, shot in the face, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, widower, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Characters:alcoholic
Story:police corruption, murder investigation, police shootout, investigation, dirty cop, abuse of power, video surveillance, no opening credits, police station, jail, dead body, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. This is why L.a. Confidential (1997) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Themes:corruption, redemption
Story:police corruption, los angeles california, police shootout, lapd, cartoon on tv, shot in the face, captain, police officer killed, shot in the back, f word, jail, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, police, violence

End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

End Of Watch (2012)

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? (Read More)

Story:lapd, los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, los angeles police department, bullet proof vest, police station, shot in the back, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, violence, death

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

Story:police station, los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, black cop, ghetto, shot in the face, die hard scenario, police officer killed, shot in the back, jail, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating

Welcome To The Punch (2013) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Welcome To The Punch (2013)

Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:police corruption, masked man, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, pistol, murder, police, death

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Period:2000s
Story:police corruption, los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, racist cop, corrupt police, n word, ethnic slur, twin, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, california, shot in the back, f word, dead body, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun

A Man Apart (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... This is why A Man Apart (2003) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:los angeles california, police shootout, street shootout, bullet proof vest, masked man, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, california, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, surprise ending

Chaos (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:police corruption, police shootout, street shootout, dirty cop, captain, die hard scenario, police officer killed, shot in the leg, police station, shot in the back, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout

Sabotage (2014) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabotage (2014)

An elite DEA team raids the safe house of a drug cartel and hide $10 million in the plumbing. When they go back to retrieve the money it is not there. The team is under investigation for the missing $10 million. Then after a couple months the investigation is lifted. The team trains together again and then celebrates at a strip club. Then one of the team is murdered. He wakes up in his RV on railroad tracks. Then a second team member is nailed to the ceiling. The third team member is gunned down at his remote cabin. There is a female City of Atlanta investigator in charge of the murders. After investigating the cartel angle, the twisted truth comes to light. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Story:police corruption, investigation, methamphetamine, body in a trunk, shot in the neck, revelation, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, shootout, pistol

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Period:2000s
Story:shot in the face, impostor, masked man, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, police, death, murder

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:police shootout, shot in the throat, set up, stabbed in the head, shot in the face, revelation, kicked in the face, police officer killed, shot in the leg, shot in the back, f word, dead body, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

Unknown (2006)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Unknown (2006)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:hit with a shovel, undercover cop, masked man, loss of wife, revelation, shot in the shoulder, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, pistol, surprise ending, death, police, blood, murder

American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Story:street shootout, vigilante justice, body in a trunk, ethnic slur, shot in the face, gun battle, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:redemption, kidnapping
Story:police shootout, n word, abuse of power, stabbed in the head, shot in the face, revelation, die hard scenario, police officer killed, no opening credits, police station, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Story:police corruption, bullet proof vest, shot in the throat, shot in the neck, video surveillance, undercover cop, stabbed in the head, shot in the face, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:police shootout, beaten up, hit with a shovel, vigilante justice, impostor, masked man, loss of wife, kicked in the face, police officer killed, no opening credits, investigation, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, neo noir, corpse, beating

Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Period:2000s
Story:police shootout, hit with a shovel, ethnic slur, masked man, revelation, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, police station, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:los angeles california, los angeles police department, lapd, shot in the back, dead body, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, gun, death, murder, police, blood, violence

Strange Days (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Strange Days (1995)

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case? (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:vice cop, los angeles california, vice, corrupt police, lapd, dirty cop, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, no opening credits, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Period:2000s
Story:police shootout, ghetto, masked man, revelation, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, no opening credits, f word, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, two word title

The Purge: Anarchy (2014) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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

Themes:kidnapping
Story:los angeles california, shot in the throat, ghetto, shot in the face, masked man, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, pistol

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. This is why Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008). (Read More)

Period:2000s
Story:police corruption, corrupt police, video surveillance, shot in the shoulder, police officer killed, shot in the leg, investigation, shotgun, shot in the chest, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, violence, death, murder, police

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism, redemption, kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Story:police shootout, street shootout, body in a trunk, ethnic slur, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, shot in the back, f word, investigation, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, violence

Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)

Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened. By chance, Jian turns to Jessica - a US farm girl who is one of Richard's hookers - for help. She has her own problems, including the fact that Richard has her daughter locked in an orphanage to keep Jessica on the streets and silent about his activities. Can Jian protect Jessica, rescue her daughter, and give Richard the kiss of the dragon? (Read More)

Story:vice, corrupt police, dirty cop, set up, gun battle, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, police officer killed, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, shootout, pistol, violence, death, murder

The Negotiator (1998) is one of the best movies like Street Kings (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, kidnapping
Story:police corruption, police funeral, black cop, revelation, die hard scenario, police officer killed, police station, f word, rescue, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, neo noir, shootout, pistol, surprise ending, murder, violence

Safe (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Safe (2012)

In China, the girl Mei is a genius that looks like a computer in numbers. She is abducted by the Chinese Triads and the boss Han Jiao ends Mei to Chinatown, in New York, to help him in the control of his activities. Meanwhile, the fighter Luke Wright has his life destroyed when he wins a fight against the will of the Russian Mafia and accidentally kills his opponent. The Russian mobsters kill his wife and the alcoholic Luke wanders on the streets and hostels with no objective in life. One day, Han Jiao asks Mei to memorize a long number and soon the Russian Mafia abducts the girl from the Chinese mobs. She escapes from the mobsters and is chased by the Russians; by the corrupt detectives from the NYPD; and by the Triads. When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl and discovers that the number she had memorized is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars. Luke is an elite agent and uses his skills to protect the girl. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:alcoholic
Story:police corruption, street shootout, body in a trunk, die hard scenario, shot in the shoulder, kicked in the face, shot in the leg, no opening credits, shot in the back, shotgun, shot in the chest, machine gun, car accident, shot to death, corpse, beating, shootout, pistol, murder, violence

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