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The Running Man (1987)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Running Man (1987)

In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is captured once again and forced to appear on "The Running Man" with three other convicts. With their help, he fights his way through a cadre of sadistic gladiators hunting them down through the ruins of a Los Angeles earthquake, but not promising Killian that he'll return to settle the score when the show's host double-crosses him. In the meantime, the contestants must search through the ruins for the resistance in the hopes of finally broadcasting the truth about the government. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  courage,  exploitation,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s,  future,  1980s
Story:police state,  year 2017,  hockey stick,  resistance movement,  resistance fighter,  media manipulation,  chainsaw murder,  media coverage,  resistance,  prison escape,  hispanic woman,  escaped prisoner,  future noir,  pirate television,  near future,  black lingerie,  government conspiracy,  government corruption,  old woman,  female warrior,  police brutality,  reluctant hero,  helicopter pilot,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  reference to mr. spock,  gladiatorial sport,  voice activation,  corrupt government,  explosive collar,  white villain,  refusing to obey orders,  game of death,  necklace bomb,  year 2019,  video conferencing,  pirate broadcasting,  body suit,  sexy costume,  buzzsaw,  shooting a police officer,  disinformation,  twentieth century,  based on the works of stephen king,  against the odds,  automation,  game show host,  totalitarian,  minigun,  jet pack,  hawaiian shirt,  caught in a net,  punched in the crotch,  most dangerous game,  hidden truth,  lifted by the throat,  fictional game show,  snorricam,  woman's neck broken,  knocked out with a gun butt,  miscarriage of justice,  fight the system,  ice rink,  mercy,  corrupt police,  social decay,  totalitarianism,  materialism,  wrongful imprisonment,  fictional reality show,  hedonism,  sole black character dies cliche,  filmed killing,  gladiator,  betting,  film starts with text,  computer hacker,  urban decay,  flare,  computer cracker,  head blown off,  female fighter,  framed for murder,  burned to death,  ex cop,  abandoned building,  barbed wire,  latina,  oppression,  poetic justice,  contract,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  hockey,  flamethrower,  dressing room,  gadget,  castration,  wisecrack humor,  convict,  20th century,  exploding head,  kicked in the crotch,  frame up,  punched in the stomach,  hit in the crotch,  psychotronic,  cyberpunk,  manhunt,  mercilessness,  faked death,  murder of a police officer,  bravery,  camera shot of feet,  janitor,  censorship,  social commentary,  compassion,  honor,  exploding building,  media,  security camera,  exercise,  electronic music score,  propaganda,  head butt,  revelation,  athlete,  sabotage,  chainsaw,  riot,  class differences,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  actor shares first name with character,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  locker room,  stabbed in the back,  protest,  karate,  on the run,  coffee,  news report,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  exploding car,  gambling,  security guard,  death of friend,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  woman,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  television,  car crash,  lingerie,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  police,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  fight,  murder,  violence

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  exploitation,  surveillance,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:prison escape,  near future,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  body suit,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  social decay,  totalitarianism,  computer cracker,  female fighter,  abandoned building,  cyberpunk,  bravery,  social commentary,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  dystopia,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  on the run,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s,  future
Story:near future,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  social decay,  wrongful imprisonment,  urban decay,  ex cop,  security camera,  head butt,  riot,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  news report,  false accusation,  security guard,  prisoner,  ambush,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
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,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:prison escape,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  framed for murder,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  fight to the death,  frame up,  mercilessness,  security camera,  head butt,  revelation,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  on the run,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  woman,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  based on novel,  fight,  police,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:exploitation,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Period:2010s
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  woman's neck broken,  fight to the death,  dressing room,  castration,  manhunt,  mercilessness,  honor,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  throat slitting,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

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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. This is why Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:government corruption,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  hawaiian shirt,  fight the system,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  abandoned building,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  frame up,  mercilessness,  faked death,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  revelation,  athlete,  sabotage,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  massacre,  ambush,  shot in the back,  television,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  violence,  murder,  death

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:media coverage,  prison escape,  female warrior,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  shooting a police officer,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  filmed killing,  flare,  computer cracker,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  gadget,  mercilessness,  faked death,  murder of a police officer,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  riot,  class differences,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  protest,  on the run,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  police,  fight

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:resistance fighter,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  shooting a police officer,  minigun,  knocked out with a gun butt,  female fighter,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  mercilessness,  resistance,  murder of a police officer,  bravery,  exploding building,  security camera,  sabotage,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  race against time,  news report,  exploding car,  death of friend,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence

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Death Race (2008) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Death Race (2008)

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Period:2010s
Story:police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  minigun,  filmed killing,  film starts with text,  framed for murder,  barbed wire,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  frame up,  punched in the stomach,  camera shot of feet,  exploding building,  sabotage,  riot,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  stabbed in the back,  false accusation,  exploding car,  prisoner,  impalement,  strangulation,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  prison escape,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  prison guard,  action hero,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  gatling gun,  frame up,  exploding building,  security camera,  mercenary,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  death of friend,  prisoner,  impalement,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dancing,  fight,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder

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. This is why Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  exploitation,  surveillance,  sadism,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:police brutality,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  punched in the crotch,  female fighter,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  blood,  fight,  death,  violence,  police,  murder

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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:absurdism,  courage,  exploitation,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:near future,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  head blown off,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  castration,  exploding head,  mercilessness,  faked death,  bravery,  electronic music score,  head butt,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  fugitive,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  exploding car,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  police,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:hockey stick,  resistance fighter,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  fight the system,  sole black character dies cliche,  flare,  female fighter,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  barbed wire,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  hit in the crotch,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  resistance,  social commentary,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  electrocution,  locker room,  stabbed in the back,  exploding car,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  blood,  fight,  death,  violence

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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  betrayal,  revenge
Story:hand to hand combat,  action hero,  game of death,  most dangerous game,  fictional game show,  fictional reality show,  fight to the death,  kicked in the crotch,  punched in the stomach,  social commentary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  throat slitting,  impalement,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  television,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder,  fight

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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:sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1980s
Story:resistance fighter,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  knocked out with a gun butt,  film starts with text,  fight to the death,  dressing room,  hit in the crotch,  mercilessness,  resistance,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  riot,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  protest,  karate,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  throat slitting,  impalement,  woman,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  fight,  murder,  police,  death,  violence,  blood

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

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This is why Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  future noir,  near future,  hand to hand combat,  fight the system,  film starts with text,  female fighter,  ex cop,  fight to the death,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  resistance,  faked death,  social commentary,  electronic music score,  revelation,  chainsaw,  dystopia,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  exploding car,  throat slitting,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  gunfight,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  police,  fight,  blood,  violence

American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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:absurdism,  courage,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:satire,  gore
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  hawaiian shirt,  fight the system,  poetic justice,  manhunt,  bravery,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  police,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder

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Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:old woman,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  ex cop,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  mercilessness,  bravery,  electronic music score,  sabotage,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  false accusation,  exploding car,  throat slitting,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  police,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

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

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:woman,  prison escape,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  computer hacker,  flare,  computer cracker,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  mercilessness,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  sabotage,  chainsaw,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:resistance fighter,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  snorricam,  fight the system,  totalitarianism,  film starts with text,  burned to death,  oppression,  wisecrack humor,  mercilessness,  resistance,  bravery,  head butt,  sabotage,  riot,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  prison,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  blood,  murder,  fight,  violence,  death

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surveillance,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:satire,  gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:media coverage,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  filmed killing,  computer hacker,  computer cracker,  burned to death,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  mercilessness,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  sabotage,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  death of friend,  impalement,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  death,  violence,  fight,  blood

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. It's the year 2024 and all the ozone above Earth has gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't left anyone Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous film, he has stopped being an Immortal himself. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  near future,  female warrior,  anti hero,  action hero,  fight the system,  social decay,  urban decay,  computer cracker,  female fighter,  cyberpunk,  resistance,  faked death,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  cover up,  fugitive,  electrocution,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  death of friend,  ambush,  good versus evil,  combat,  showdown,  falling from height,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  prison escape,  escaped prisoner,  female warrior,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  against the odds,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  totalitarianism,  film starts with text,  computer cracker,  female fighter,  mercilessness,  resistance,  bravery,  social commentary,  exploding building,  sabotage,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  death of friend,  prisoner,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  media coverage,  female warrior,  reluctant hero,  anti hero,  action hero,  pirate broadcasting,  caught in a net,  fight the system,  social decay,  totalitarianism,  sole black character dies cliche,  filmed killing,  female fighter,  abandoned building,  oppression,  flamethrower,  cyberpunk,  resistance,  bravery,  social commentary,  exploding building,  propaganda,  revelation,  riot,  class differences,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  fugitive,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  impalement,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  dancing,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:anti hero,  action hero,  head blown off,  framed for murder,  burned to death,  wisecrack humor,  kicked in the crotch,  frame up,  murder of a police officer,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  actor shares first name with character,  opening action scene,  race against time,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  locker room,  karate,  false accusation,  exploding car,  gambling,  death of friend,  massacre,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence,  police

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. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:near future,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  filmed killing,  head blown off,  abandoned building,  barbed wire,  poetic justice,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  wisecrack humor,  hit in the crotch,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  social commentary,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  cover up,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  exploding car,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence,  fight,  police

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Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:near future,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  fight the system,  burned to death,  poetic justice,  flamethrower,  cyberpunk,  faked death,  social commentary,  revelation,  class differences,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  on the run,  coffee,  exploding car,  security guard,  ambush,  survival,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

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

Morgan (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:near future,  hand to hand combat,  woman's neck broken,  filmed killing,  fight to the death,  compassion,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  karate,  death of friend,  impalement,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  violence

Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:helicopter pilot,  hand to hand combat,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  gatling gun,  frame up,  manhunt,  faked death,  exploding building,  security camera,  electronic music score,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  fugitive,  on the run,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  ambush,  survival,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  police,  fight,  violence

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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,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  computer hacker,  computer cracker,  convict,  mercilessness,  manhunt,  security camera,  electronic music score,  sabotage,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  race against time,  fugitive,  electrocution,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  impalement,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. This is why The Purge: Election Year (2016) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  exploitation,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:resistance fighter,  media coverage,  near future,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  fight the system,  social decay,  filmed killing,  burned to death,  gatling gun,  hit in the crotch,  mercilessness,  manhunt,  resistance,  bravery,  social commentary,  security camera,  chainsaw,  class differences,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  news report,  death of friend,  massacre,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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:absurdism,  surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:satire,  gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  action hero,  social decay,  filmed killing,  flare,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  kicked in the crotch,  social commentary,  exploding building,  head butt,  revelation,  riot,  class differences,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  cover up,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  impalement,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  blood,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s,  1980s
Story:manhunt,  prison escape,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  lifted by the throat,  female fighter,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  exploding building,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  gambling,  prisoner,  impalement,  strangulation,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:courage,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  fight the system,  head blown off,  female fighter,  exploding head,  hit in the crotch,  mercilessness,  bravery,  revelation,  class differences,  dystopia,  exploding body,  tough girl,  race against time,  stabbed in the back,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dancing,  based on novel,  murder,  fight,  blood,  violence,  death

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

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

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:female warrior,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  woman's neck broken,  poetic justice,  flamethrower,  cyberpunk,  social commentary,  security camera,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  stabbed in the back,  news report,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence

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Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  anti hero,  action hero,  game of death,  minigun,  most dangerous game,  flare,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  convict,  punched in the stomach,  mercilessness,  head butt,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  impalement,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

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

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:media coverage,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  film starts with text,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  mercilessness,  bravery,  security camera,  mercenary,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  cover up,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  news report,  security guard,  death of friend,  throat slitting,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  blood,  death,  violence,  police,  murder

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

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:media coverage,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  social decay,  filmed killing,  computer hacker,  urban decay,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  gadget,  frame up,  bravery,  exploding building,  media,  head butt,  revelation,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  protest,  news report,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  exploding car,  death of friend,  impalement,  woman,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  blood,  fight,  death,  violence

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Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  totalitarian,  fight the system,  flare,  poetic justice,  gadget,  cyberpunk,  social commentary,  honor,  head butt,  revelation,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence

Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:1980s
Story:prison escape,  escaped prisoner,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  convict,  hit in the crotch,  manhunt,  security camera,  self sacrifice,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  death of friend,  prisoner,  impalement,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  murder,  violence,  fight

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  urban decay,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  gadget,  frame up,  manhunt,  mercilessness,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  fugitive,  electrocution,  on the run,  coffee,  news report,  exploding car,  gambling,  security guard,  ambush,  good versus evil,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  police,  blood,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

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Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  media coverage,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  fight the system,  totalitarianism,  film starts with text,  abandoned building,  oppression,  gatling gun,  cyberpunk,  resistance,  murder of a police officer,  dystopia,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  news report,  security guard,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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.

Themes:brutality,  deception,  escape,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  corrupt police,  convict,  sabotage,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  prisoner,  woman,  massacre,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  police,  death,  fight,  murder,  blood,  violence

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,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:helicopter pilot,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  burned to death,  fight to the death,  kicked in the crotch,  mercilessness,  faked death,  security camera,  head butt,  sabotage,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  stabbed in the back,  news report,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  woman,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence

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Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:police brutality,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  gadget,  electronic music score,  head butt,  sabotage,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  fugitive,  karate,  on the run,  exploding car,  ambush,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  murder,  fight,  violence,  police

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. This is why Dracula 2000 (2000) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:hand to hand combat,  filmed killing,  computer hacker,  computer cracker,  burned to death,  wisecrack humor,  mercilessness,  security camera,  revelation,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  stabbed in the back,  news report,  security guard,  death of friend,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  blood,  fight,  death,  violence

Assassin's Creed (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  exploitation,  surveillance,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s,  1980s
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  fight the system,  totalitarianism,  female fighter,  convict,  cyberpunk,  faked death,  bravery,  social commentary,  security camera,  revelation,  riot,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  security guard,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  combat,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  prison,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story:reluctant hero,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  mercilessness,  head butt,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  fugitive,  on the run,  news report,  death of friend,  prisoner,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  police,  murder,  violence,  fight

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  pirate broadcasting,  computer hacker,  computer cracker,  ex cop,  wisecrack humor,  exploding head,  punched in the stomach,  cyberpunk,  mercenary,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  stabbed in the back,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  good versus evil,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  murder,  fight,  violence,  police

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:courage,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  caught in a net,  burned to death,  fight to the death,  mercilessness,  faked death,  bravery,  head butt,  revelation,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  false accusation,  impalement,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  combat,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  fistfight,  corpse,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  fight,  violence,  murder,  death

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