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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:hockey stick,  resistance movement,  resistance fighter,  media manipulation,  chainsaw murder,  media coverage,  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,  corrupt government,  voice activation,  explosive collar,  white villain,  police state,  refusing to obey orders,  necklace bomb,  game of death,  year 2019,  video conferencing,  pirate broadcasting,  body suit,  sexy costume,  buzzsaw,  disinformation,  shooting a police officer,  twentieth century,  against the odds,  based on the works of stephen king,  automation,  game show host,  totalitarian,  year 2017,  minigun,  jet pack,  caught in a net,  hawaiian shirt,  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,  corrupt police,  mercy,  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,  frame up,  kicked in the crotch,  punched in the stomach,  psychotronic,  hit in the crotch,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  manhunt,  resistance,  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,  based on novel,  murder,  fight,  violence,  police,  blood,  death

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,  cover up,  race against time,  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,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder

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. (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,  manhunt,  mercilessness,  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,  death,  blood,  fight,  murder,  violence

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
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,  fight,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  police,  death,  murder,  fight

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,  death,  violence,  police,  fight,  murder

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,  violence,  fight,  murder,  death

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

Exit Wounds (2001)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  miscarriage of justice,  corrupt police,  social decay,  wrongful imprisonment,  urban decay,  computer cracker,  framed for murder,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  convict,  frame up,  punched in the stomach,  mercilessness,  janitor,  head butt,  revelation,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  locker room,  karate,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  impalement,  woman,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  based on novel,  death,  police,  blood,  murder,  violence,  fight

Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  fight,  police,  death,  murder,  violence,  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,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

Judge Dredd (1995)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Judge Dredd (1995)

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  escape,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:prison escape,  female warrior,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  filmed killing,  framed for murder,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  frame up,  cyberpunk,  murder of a police officer,  exploding building,  head butt,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  electrocution,  locker room,  stabbed in the back,  false accusation,  exploding car,  impalement,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  car crash,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder,  blood

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,  race against time,  cover up,  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,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence,  fight

Suicide Squad (2016) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  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,  filmed killing,  flare,  head blown off,  burned to death,  abandoned building,  gatling gun,  wisecrack humor,  convict,  exploding head,  bravery,  security camera,  head butt,  sabotage,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  race against time,  cover up,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  scantily clad female,  exploding car,  security guard,  prisoner,  throat slitting,  impalement,  woman,  massacre,  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,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence

Universal Soldier (1992)
Action, Sci-fi

Universal Soldier (1992)

An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Victoria, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:hand to hand combat,  action hero,  sole black character dies cliche,  fight to the death,  gatling gun,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  electronic music score,  head butt,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  fugitive,  karate,  on the run,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  rescue,  hero,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  police,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

Demolition Man (1993)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Demolition Man (1993)

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

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  conspiracy,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:satire,  gore
Characters:warrior
Period:future
Story:prison escape,  near future,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  automation,  totalitarianism,  wrongful imprisonment,  computer cracker,  ex cop,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  exploding head,  kicked in the crotch,  cyberpunk,  mercilessness,  murder of a police officer,  censorship,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  woman,  ambush,  good versus evil,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  hero,  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,  cigarette smoking,  fight,  police,  murder,  death,  violence

Escape Plan (2013)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior
Period:2010s
Story:prison escape,  escaped prisoner,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  prison guard,  computer hacker,  computer cracker,  wisecrack humor,  convict,  punched in the stomach,  security camera,  head butt,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  exploding car,  prisoner,  strangulation,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder,  fight

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s
Story: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,  woman,  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,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  fight

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,  blood,  police,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

The Colony (2013)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Colony (2013)

Groups of people - colonies - are forced underground due to another ice age. Colony 7 goes to check on Colony 5, which they lost contact with. When they get there they find that the colony has fallen and there is a whole new enemy that they have to face on their way back.

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:near future,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  sole black character dies cliche,  flare,  female fighter,  fight to the death,  mercilessness,  manhunt,  bravery,  exploding building,  security camera,  head butt,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  race against time,  stabbed in the back,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  death,  violence,  fight,  blood,  murder

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
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,  mercilessness,  manhunt,  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,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  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,  murder,  fight,  death,  violence

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:2010s,  1980s
Story:prison escape,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  lifted by the throat,  female fighter,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  manhunt,  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,  violence,  fight,  murder,  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: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,  violence,  death,  blood,  police,  murder,  fight

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

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

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior
Story:female warrior,  police brutality,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  social decay,  flare,  convict,  mercilessness,  electronic music score,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prisoner,  woman,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  death,  fight,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence

Die Hard 2 (1990) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

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

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  flare,  computer cracker,  poetic justice,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  kicked in the crotch,  mercilessness,  janitor,  sabotage,  mercenary,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  security guard,  throat slitting,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  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,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  fight,  police,  violence,  murder

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  deception,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:female warrior,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  knocked out with a gun butt,  framed for murder,  female fighter,  burned to death,  poetic justice,  fight to the death,  frame up,  mercilessness,  security camera,  revelation,  neck breaking,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  false accusation,  security guard,  throat slitting,  impalement,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  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,  death,  fight,  murder,  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. (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,  fight,  blood,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

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: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,  frame up,  kicked in the crotch,  murder of a police officer,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  actor shares first name with character,  opening action scene,  cover up,  race against time,  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,  violence,  murder,  blood,  fight,  police,  death

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,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

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,  death,  fight,  violence,  blood,  murder

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,  revenge,  friendship
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,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

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,  murder,  fight,  violence,  death

New Police Story (2004) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Police Story (2004)

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

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  sadism,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  police brutality,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  game of death,  filmed killing,  computer cracker,  ex cop,  mercilessness,  murder of a police officer,  bravery,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  karate,  news report,  exploding car,  death of friend,  massacre,  strangulation,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  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,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  violence,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:female warrior,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  flare,  ex cop,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  head butt,  revelation,  chainsaw,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  tough girl,  fugitive,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  exploding car,  impalement,  woman,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  death,  fight,  blood

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  sadism,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  prison escape,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  prison guard,  action hero,  caught in a net,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  corrupt police,  social decay,  filmed killing,  urban decay,  computer cracker,  burned to death,  gatling gun,  gadget,  convict,  mercilessness,  faked death,  social commentary,  honor,  exploding building,  electronic music score,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  news report,  false accusation,  exploding car,  security guard,  death of friend,  prisoner,  impalement,  ambush,  good versus evil,  shot in the back,  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,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  fight,  police,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

Terminator Genisys (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Terminator Genisys (2015)

When John Connor ('Jason Clarke (I)' (qv)), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese ('Jai Courtney' (qv)) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor ('Emilia Clarke' (qv)) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... (Read More)

Themes:deception,  betrayal
Period:future
Story:resistance fighter,  female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  year 2017,  lifted by the throat,  knocked out with a gun butt,  fight the system,  head blown off,  abandoned building,  wisecrack humor,  cyberpunk,  resistance,  murder of a police officer,  social commentary,  exploding building,  security camera,  electronic music score,  head butt,  revelation,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  impalement,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  death,  murder

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  surveillance,  brutality,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:resistance fighter,  female warrior,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  fight the system,  totalitarianism,  female fighter,  cyberpunk,  resistance,  faked death,  bravery,  social commentary,  propaganda,  head butt,  revelation,  sabotage,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  false accusation,  security guard,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  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,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder,  fight

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: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,  fight,  violence,  blood,  death,  police,  murder

The Take (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  police brutality,  hand to hand combat,  escape attempt,  anti hero,  action hero,  corrupt police,  social decay,  flare,  abandoned building,  hit in the crotch,  mercilessness,  head butt,  revelation,  riot,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  protest,  on the run,  news report,  false accusation,  security guard,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder,  blood,  death,  fight,  violence

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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

Themes: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,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  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,  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,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  blood,  fight,  violence,  death

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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

Themes:surveillance,  brutality,  deception,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:resistance fighter,  media coverage,  anti hero,  pirate broadcasting,  film starts with text,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  resistance,  sabotage,  chainsaw,  class differences,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  on the run,  news report,  exploding car,  ambush,  survival,  shot in the back,  car crash,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  police,  violence,  death,  murder,  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. (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,  blood,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  sadism,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Story:media coverage,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  shooting a police officer,  filmed killing,  gatling gun,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the stomach,  faked death,  murder of a police officer,  exploding building,  security camera,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  exploding body,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  news report,  exploding car,  security guard,  throat slitting,  massacre,  strangulation,  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,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  fight,  blood,  violence,  death

Total Recall (2012) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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,  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,  murder,  death,  police,  violence

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

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

Themes:escape,  kidnapping,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:1980s
Story:media coverage,  police brutality,  reluctant hero,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  against the odds,  computer cracker,  wisecrack humor,  camera shot of feet,  chainsaw,  mercenary,  neck breaking,  kicked in the face,  race against time,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  karate,  news report,  exploding car,  strangulation,  television,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  falling from height,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  police,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  fight

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

Themes:surveillance,  conspiracy,  corruption,  deception,  escape,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:female warrior,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  body suit,  computer hacker,  gadget,  wisecrack humor,  punched in the stomach,  faked death,  revelation,  sabotage,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  kicked in the face,  tough girl,  cover up,  race against time,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  electrocution,  stabbed in the back,  on the run,  exploding car,  security guard,  ambush,  shot in the back,  car crash,  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,  shootout,  pistol,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  violence,  death,  murder

Escape From New York (1981)
Action, Sci-fi

Escape From New York (1981)

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:warrior,  hostage
Period:future
Story:prison escape,  hand to hand combat,  anti hero,  action hero,  necklace bomb,  knocked out with a gun butt,  film starts with text,  urban decay,  fight to the death,  wisecrack humor,  convict,  punched in the stomach,  electronic music score,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  exploding car,  woman,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  brawl,  gunfight,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  rescue,  hero,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  police,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder

Underworld: Awakening (2012) is one of the best movies like The Running Man (1987)
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:2010s,  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,  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,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  martial arts,  police,  death,  murder,  blood,  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. (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,  race against time,  cover up,  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,  violence,  blood,  murder,  fight,  death,  police

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