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Taken (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Taken (2008)

Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  surveillance,  corruption,  voyeurism,  deception,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  france,  elevator,  boat
Characters:prostitute
Story:agent,  ex cia agent,  cia,  albanian mafia,  albanian,  karaoke machine,  teenage abduction,  secret agent,  forced prostitution,  killed in an elevator,  trapped in an elevator,  hiding under a bed,  government corruption,  prostitution,  electric torture,  horse riding,  international politics,  paris france,  female in bra and panties,  girl in panties,  rescue,  white panties,  foot chase,  car crashes into building,  driving through fire,  wrapping a present,  chinese carryout food,  french secret service,  firearm pointed at the camera,  shot at the camera,  lunch date,  city night scape,  protective father,  hit with a fire extinguisher,  thrown off a balcony,  arc de triomphe paris,  birthday song,  female exploitation,  id badge,  woman trafficking,  hit in the throat,  hot wiring a car,  tied to a bedpost,  tortured to death,  divorced couple,  fearlessness,  slamming a door,  handcuffed to a pipe,  listening device,  sony,  dragging a dead body,  intravenous,  lasciviousness,  sex trade,  milkshake,  loud music,  orchid,  audi,  jumping off a bridge,  cherry,  protective male,  sex trafficking,  cut arm,  translation,  kicking in a door,  kiss on the cheek,  determination,  private jet,  camera phone,  white slavery,  righteous rage,  overturning car,  unsubtitled foreign language,  sexual violence,  teenage daughter,  hit by a truck,  climbing through a window,  broken mirror,  stabbed in the arm,  jacket,  degradation,  mini dress,  eiffel tower paris,  sex slave,  stepfather,  pistol whip,  spit in the face,  birthday present,  woman crying,  misogynist,  vigilantism,  impersonating a police officer,  human trafficking,  needle,  shot through a window,  shot multiple times,  reflection,  car chase,  auction,  sexual assault,  extortion,  barbecue,  jumping through a window,  slaughter,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  sexploitation,  kicked in the crotch,  karaoke,  construction site,  stealing a car,  woman in jeopardy,  pop star,  virginity,  home movie,  shot in the stomach,  tape recorder,  poker,  syringe,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  first part,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  shot in the shoulder,  disappearance,  bodyguard,  drug addiction,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  champagne,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  screaming,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  birthday party,  one man army,  scantily clad female,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  immigrant,  stabbing,  strangulation,  concert,  bound and gagged,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  voyeur,  car crash,  bed,  lingerie,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  taxi,  shooting,  falling from height,  thong,  bikini,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  blonde,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  panties,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  death,  blood

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,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:prostitute
Story:paris france,  foot chase,  hit with a fire extinguisher,  private jet,  unsubtitled foreign language,  eiffel tower paris,  pistol whip,  misogynist,  car chase,  construction site,  stealing a car,  agent,  cia,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  champagne,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  tied to a chair,  strangulation,  concert,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  murder,  death,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  violence

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:foot chase,  dragging a dead body,  stabbed in the arm,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  stealing a car,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  attempted murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  concert,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  flashback,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence,  fight,  blood

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

Criminal (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:secret agent,  foot chase,  tortured to death,  private jet,  overturning car,  hit by a truck,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  shot multiple times,  car chase,  stealing a car,  agent,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  product placement,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

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

Themes:abduction,  surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:brothel,  boat
Characters:prostitute
Story:secret agent,  foot chase,  sex trade,  sex trafficking,  private jet,  white slavery,  sex slave,  woman crying,  impersonating a police officer,  shot through a window,  auction,  construction site,  stealing a car,  cia,  product placement,  binoculars,  one man army,  stabbing,  shot in the back,  car crash,  taxi,  shooting,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  blonde,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  fight,  blood,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

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Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. This is why Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:agent,  secret agent,  killed in an elevator,  foot chase,  orchid,  overturning car,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  electrocution,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  death

Taken 2 (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Taken 2 (2012)

The retired CIA agent Bryan Mills invites his teenage daughter Kim and his ex-wife Lenore, who has separated from her second husband, to spend a couple of days in Istanbul where he is working. Meanwhile, the patriarch of the community of the Albanian gang of human trafficking, Murad Krasniqi, seeks revenge for the death of his son and organizes another gang to kidnap Bryan and his family. Bryan and Lenore are abducted by the Albanians, but Kim escapes and is the only hope that Bryan has to escape and save Lenore. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:ex cia agent,  albanian mafia,  albanian,  agent,  cia,  killed in an elevator,  paris france,  foot chase,  handcuffed to a pipe,  teenage daughter,  woman crying,  human trafficking,  car chase,  barbecue,  slaughter,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbing,  shot in the back,  car crash,  taxi,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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)

Themes:surveillance
Characters:prostitute
Story:secret agent,  forced prostitution,  hiding under a bed,  paris france,  foot chase,  arc de triomphe paris,  hit in the throat,  handcuffed to a pipe,  eiffel tower paris,  needle,  car chase,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  thong,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  panties,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  murder,  gun,  blood,  violence,  death

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Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:foot chase,  kicking in a door,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  car chase,  auction,  barbecue,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  kicked in the face,  one against many,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  death,  violence

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:secret agent,  horse riding,  paris france,  foot chase,  hit by a truck,  eiffel tower paris,  pistol whip,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  kicked in the crotch,  agent,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  blood

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. This is why 3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Story:secret agent,  electric torture,  paris france,  foot chase,  teenage daughter,  eiffel tower paris,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stealing a car,  agent,  syringe,  cia,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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American Assassin (2017)
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:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  boat
Story:agent,  secret agent,  cia,  foot chase,  camera phone,  righteous rage,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  vigilantism,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence,  flashback,  fight,  murder,  blood

The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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:deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  elevator
Characters:prostitute
Story:unsubtitled foreign language,  pistol whip,  spit in the face,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stealing a car,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  product placement,  attempted murder,  screaming,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the leg,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  cult film,  tattoo,  death,  violence,  fight,  gun,  blood,  murder

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:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  hit with a fire extinguisher,  camera phone,  vigilantism,  impersonating a police officer,  extortion,  construction site,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  electrocution,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  flashback,  death,  fight,  murder

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  voyeurism,  deception,  torture,  revenge
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  righteous rage,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  shot multiple times,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  kicked in the crotch,  stealing a car,  poker,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  voyeur,  car crash,  bed,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence

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. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:secret agent,  paris france,  foot chase,  overturning car,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  car chase,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  agent,  cia,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  bed,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  taxi,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  rescue,  blonde,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence,  gun

Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Taken (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:voyeurism,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:prostitute
Story:camera phone,  righteous rage,  hit by a truck,  stabbed in the arm,  sex slave,  pistol whip,  vigilantism,  shot through a window,  shot multiple times,  karaoke,  stealing a car,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  attempted murder,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  voyeur,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  tough guy,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood,  gun

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The Last Boy Scout (1991)
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,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:kicking in a door,  overturning car,  pistol whip,  car chase,  stabbed in the leg,  kicked in the crotch,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  drug addiction,  product placement,  electrocution,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  teenage girl,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  gun,  death

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  elevator
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  climbing through a window,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  spit in the face,  shot through a window,  shot multiple times,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  flashback,  gun,  murder,  violence,  fight,  blood,  death

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:secret agent,  government corruption,  foot chase,  camera phone,  overturning car,  impersonating a police officer,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  shot in the arm,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

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Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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. This is why Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  kidnapping
Story:foot chase,  camera phone,  overturning car,  impersonating a police officer,  car chase,  barbecue,  jumping through a window,  construction site,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  shot in the leg,  tied to a chair,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  fight,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Story:hiding under a bed,  protective male,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  shot in the shoulder,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  beer,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  knife,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:foot chase,  climbing through a window,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  car chase,  stealing a car,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  attempted murder,  shot in the forehead,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  bed,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  corpse,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  blood,  fight

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Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

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

Themes:deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:boat
Story:horse riding,  foot chase,  car chase,  stealing a car,  agent,  shot in the stomach,  die hard scenario,  kicked in the face,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  birthday party,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  tortured to death,  vigilantism,  human trafficking,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stealing a car,  woman in jeopardy,  obscene finger gesture,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  screaming,  one against many,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  death

Banlieue 13 (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Banlieue 13 (2004)

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leito is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leito is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. This is why Banlieue 13 (2004) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:france,  elevator
Story:government corruption,  paris france,  foot chase,  kicking in a door,  shot through a window,  car chase,  barbecue,  jumping through a window,  construction site,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  first part,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  shot in the forehead,  strangulation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder

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Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:secret agent,  foot chase,  hit by a truck,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  electrocution,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  blood

The November Man (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  politics,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:ex cia agent,  agent,  cia,  foot chase,  camera phone,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  stealing a car,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

From Paris With Love (2010) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception
Locations:brothel,  france,  elevator
Characters:prostitute
Story:secret agent,  cia,  paris france,  foot chase,  listening device,  audi,  kicking in a door,  eiffel tower paris,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  agent,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  binoculars,  shot in the forehead,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  death,  fight,  blood,  violence

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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,  deception,  kidnapping
Story:secret agent,  foot chase,  jumping off a bridge,  overturning car,  hit by a truck,  car chase,  agent,  syringe,  cia,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  one against many,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  tied to a chair,  strangulation,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  bikini,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  fight,  blood,  violence

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. This is why American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator
Story:secret agent,  cia,  unsubtitled foreign language,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  spit in the face,  shot through a window,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  agent,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  bodyguard,  product placement,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  blood

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,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:ex cia agent,  secret agent,  paris france,  foot chase,  private jet,  eiffel tower paris,  pistol whip,  car chase,  agent,  cia,  shot in the arm,  die hard scenario,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  shot in the leg,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  gun,  death,  violence,  murder,  fight

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Stolen (2012) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  boat
Story:foot chase,  teenage daughter,  car chase,  barbecue,  stealing a car,  agent,  shot in the stomach,  syringe,  die hard scenario,  kicked in the face,  binoculars,  shot in the leg,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  violence,  death,  blood,  fight,  flashback,  murder

Hummingbird (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  revenge
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  righteous rage,  sexual violence,  human trafficking,  barbecue,  dark hero,  shot in the arm,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  shot in the leg,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  murder,  death

Grimsby (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:boat
Story:agent,  secret agent,  foot chase,  camera phone,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  kicked in the crotch,  stealing a car,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death,  flashback,  fight,  blood,  murder,  violence

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  boat
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  overturning car,  vigilantism,  shot through a window,  car chase,  dark hero,  shot in the stomach,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  screaming,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death,  fight,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:foot chase,  handcuffed to a pipe,  private jet,  impersonating a police officer,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  tattoo,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:white panties,  foot chase,  sexual violence,  hit by a truck,  pistol whip,  spit in the face,  misogynist,  shot through a window,  sexual assault,  barbecue,  jumping through a window,  slaughter,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  electrocution,  screaming,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  tied to a chair,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  panties,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

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Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:foot chase,  righteous rage,  overturning car,  hit by a truck,  stabbed in the arm,  pistol whip,  shot through a window,  car chase,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  electrocution,  attempted murder,  screaming,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death,  violence,  fight,  murder,  blood,  gun

Parker (2013)
Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Parker (2013)

Parker is a thief who has an unusual code. He doesn't steal from the poor and hurt innocent people. He is asked to join four other guys on a job. They pull it off flawlessly. They tell Parker that what they got can help them set up another job which will net them much more. But Parker doesn't want to join them and asks for his share. But they need it all so they try to kill him. They dispose of his body but someone finds him--he is still alive--and takes him to the hospital. After recovering he sets out to get back at the ones who tried to kill him, another one of his codes. Despite being told that they are working for a known mobster which he was not aware of, he still wants to go after them. He learns where they are and poses as a wealthy Texan looking to buy a house. So he hires a real estate agent, Leslie Rogers to show him around. He is actually trying to find out where they're holed up. And when he finds it, he sets out on his plan to get them. But when they learn he is alive, they contact the mobster to take care of him. So the mobster sends a killer to take care of him. And Leslie also finds herself intrigued with him so she follows him. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:boat
Story:hot wiring a car,  intravenous,  pistol whip,  impersonating a police officer,  shot multiple times,  auction,  barbecue,  stabbed in the leg,  stealing a car,  agent,  shot in the stomach,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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. This is why The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  stabbed in the arm,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  kicked in the crotch,  karaoke,  shot in the stomach,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  martial arts,  flashback,  death,  blood,  murder,  fight,  violence

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Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

Arthur Bishop, the master assassin who faked his death in hopes of putting that part of his ;life behind him, now lives a quiet life in Rio. But someone who knows who he is shows up and tells him, that if he wants to continue living this life, he will do three jobs for someone. Bishop tries to tell them he has the wrong man but they know who he is and if he won't do the job, they will take him but he gets away. He then goes to a resort in Thailand run by a friend, Mae, where he tries to find out who is looking for him. Later a woman named Gina shows up looking for medical assistance and Mae can't help but notice bruises all over her body. Mae deduces she's a battered woman and when Mae hears her being beaten, Mae asks Bishop to help her. He goes and kills the guy she's with. He kills the man and then sets fire to the boat he's on. But he sees that Gina has a photo of him. He deduces that they one who wants him, sent her. He confronts her and she admits that she works at a children's shelter in Cambodia and that someone told her if she didn't do what he said, the children would be endanger. While waiting for the man to come, they get close. And when the man's people comes, they grab them. Bishop is brought to the man who wants him to do the jobs and he tells Bishop that if he doesn't do it, Gina will be killed. So Bishop has no choice but to do it. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  boat
Story:camera phone,  stabbed in the arm,  impersonating a police officer,  human trafficking,  stabbed in the leg,  dark hero,  kicked in the crotch,  woman in jeopardy,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  attempted murder,  binoculars,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  fight

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:protective father,  hit by a truck,  shot through a window,  dark hero,  stealing a car,  woman in jeopardy,  shot in the shoulder,  product placement,  attempted murder,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  violence

Point Break (2015)
Action, Crime, Sport, Thriller

Point Break (2015)

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  revenge
Locations:france,  boat
Story:agent,  paris france,  foot chase,  overturning car,  eiffel tower paris,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  obscene finger gesture,  disappearance,  kicked in the face,  binoculars,  shot in the forehead,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  bikini,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  death,  fight,  murder

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8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:brothel
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  climbing through a window,  degradation,  pistol whip,  impersonating a police officer,  tape recorder,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  binoculars,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  prostitution,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  shooting,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  gun,  violence,  death,  murder,  fight,  blood

The Condemned (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. This is why The Condemned (2007) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  revenge
Story:foot chase,  spit in the face,  kicked in the crotch,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  one against many,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood

The Tournament (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  torture,  revenge
Story:killed in an elevator,  righteous rage,  broken mirror,  stabbed in the arm,  spit in the face,  impersonating a police officer,  shot through a window,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  kicked in the crotch,  stealing a car,  shot in the stomach,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the arm,  neck breaking,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  champagne,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbing,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  fight,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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Machete (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  torture,  kidnapping,  revenge
Story:agent,  rescue,  firearm pointed at the camera,  shot at the camera,  tortured to death,  stabbed in the arm,  impersonating a police officer,  shot through a window,  jumping through a window,  stabbed in the leg,  construction site,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  first part,  shot in the shoulder,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  electrocution,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  one man army,  stabbed in the chest,  immigrant,  strangulation,  bound and gagged,  shot in the back,  car crash,  bed,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  falling from height,  bikini,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  blood,  gun,  flashback,  fight

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Taken (2008)
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:deception,  torture,  revenge
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  dragging a dead body,  lasciviousness,  mini dress,  misogynist,  slaughter,  woman in jeopardy,  tape recorder,  first part,  shot in the shoulder,  kicked in the face,  champagne,  attempted murder,  screaming,  shot in the forehead,  scantily clad female,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbing,  strangulation,  cleavage,  voyeur,  car crash,  bed,  lingerie,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  thong,  blonde,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  panties,  cult film,  chase,  knife,  explosion,  murder,  violence,  gun,  blood,  death

The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. (Read More)

Themes:abduction,  surveillance,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:france
Characters:prostitute
Story:foot chase,  private jet,  overturning car,  pistol whip,  shot multiple times,  car chase,  jumping through a window,  stealing a car,  shot in the arm,  bodyguard,  kicked in the face,  product placement,  one against many,  shot in the forehead,  one man army,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  prostitution,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  chase,  knife,  tattoo,  martial arts,  flashback,  murder,  fight,  violence,  death

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