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Three Kings (1999)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War

Three Kings (1999)

A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. (Read More)

Themes:heist, dying, torture, politics, marriage, friendship
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:desert, bar
Period:1990s
Story:gold bar, gulf war, tear gas, iraq iran war, stolen treasure, hidden treasure, hidden gold, gold theft, gas mask, emergency surgery, bullet wound, iraq, gold, television reporter, news reporter, desert storm, map, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, electrical torture

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:gore
Story:bullet wound, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, night vision goggles, gatling gun, capture, special forces, male bonding, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, racial slur, sniper, exploding car, map, death of friend, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:special forces, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, dead soldier, night vision goggles, war violence, anti war, gatling gun, capture, jeep, bullet, civil war, surgery, limousine, pain, sniper, no opening credits, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the chest

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert, bar
Period:1990s
Story:gas mask, sniper, desert storm, mine field, kuwait, eye injury, kurd, gulf war, gas, anti war, oil, iraq, male bonding, bullet, pain, exploding car, football, reporter, vomiting, undressing

The Interview (2014) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Comedy

The Interview (2014)

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, gatling gun, crushed to death, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, limousine, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, map, interracial relationship, f word, vomiting, undressing, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. This is why Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Mood:gore
Story:war violence, ethnic slur, crushed to death, redneck, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, map, death of friend, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter

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:torture, friendship
Locations:desert
Story:night vision goggles, bunker, gatling gun, special forces, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, limousine, news report, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death

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

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:heist, torture, friendship
Locations:desert
Story:bullet wound, helicopter crash, negotiation, border crossing, mexican standoff, freeze frame, cow, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, interracial relationship, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun

Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Story:gas mask, c4 explosives, mexican standoff, bullet, shot in the arm, sniper, map, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, woman on top, shootout, murder, violence, blood

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:heist
Locations:desert, bar
Story:bullet wound, gas, ethnic slur, oil, culture clash, male bonding, cow, racial slur, news report, sniper, exploding car, map, football, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Mood:satire, gore
Locations:desert
Period:1990s
Story:tear gas, news reporter, cynicism, redneck, mexican standoff, freeze frame, news report, severed head, map, shot in the back, f word, reporter, vomiting, undressing, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:desert, bar
Story:iraq, sniper, racial slur, news report, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

London Has Fallen (2016) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:torture, politics, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, bunker, gatling gun, ethnic slur, special forces, surgery, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, racial slur, news report, sniper, exploding car, map, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head

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:torture, friendship
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:bar
Story:eye injury, stuffed animal, gatling gun, crushed to death, reverse footage, redneck, culture clash, bullet, gold, shot in the shoulder, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, map, death of friend, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head

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

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Locations:desert, bar
Story:bullet wound, convoy, gatling gun, ethnic slur, special forces, crushed to death, cynicism, redneck, bullet, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, racial slur, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, rescue, shot in the head

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Story:gold bar, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, sniper, no opening credits, shot in the back, f word, undressing, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone, number in title

The Expendables 2 (2012) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables 2 (2012)

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

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, rescue, gatling gun, special forces, crushed to death, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, threat, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, map, death of friend, decapitation, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shot in the head

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:torture, friendship
Locations:desert, bar
Story:night vision goggles, border crossing, special forces, cynicism, reverse footage, culture clash, shot in the arm, threat, shot in the shoulder, news report, sniper, no opening credits, severed head, map, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, rescue, shot in the head, urination

Ronin (1998)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Ronin (1998)

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... (Read More)

Themes:heist
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:cellular phone trace, convoy, caper, jeep, surgery, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, map, shot in the back, vomiting, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone, death

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, night vision goggles, stuffed animal, gatling gun, special forces, freeze frame, news report, sniper, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. This is why 22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:bar
Story:exploding helicopter, night vision goggles, ethnic slur, switchblade, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, racial slur, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, interracial relationship, football, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter

Machete (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

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

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Locations:desert
Story:news reporter, rescue, gatling gun, ethnic slur, crushed to death, reverse footage, buttocks, bullet, freeze frame, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, racial slur, news report, sniper, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, shot in the back, vomiting

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:desert
Story:ethnic slur, shot in the arm, threat, shot in the shoulder, racial slur, sniper, severed head, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

This Is The End (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy

This Is The End (2013)

All 'Jay Baruchel' (qv) expected coming to LA was a fun time with 'Seth Rogen' (qv) with all the wild partying to have both by themselves and at 'James Franco' (qv)'s housewarming party. Suddenly, the Rapture hits and the Biblical Apocalypse has begun. Now, Jay and Seth are desperately sheltering in James' house for rescue along with a few other friends. Together, they must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world, only for Jay to find that they are all too dumb and superficial to do it until they discover the only way out. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire, gore
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, crushed to death, racial slur, news report, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, f word, vomiting, slow motion scene, rescue, urination, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter, cell phone, death, blood

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:torture, friendship
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:bar
Story:gas mask, switchblade, freeze frame, shot in the shoulder, news report, severed head, exploding car, death of friend, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. This is why Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:torture, friendship
Locations:desert
Story:iraq iran war, persian gulf, border crossing, oil, cynicism, jeep, surgery, pain, no opening credits, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, f word, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death, corpse

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)

Mood:gore
Story:gas mask, night vision goggles, gatling gun, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, news report, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture, friendship
Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, flag, gatling gun, capture, special forces, sniper, no opening credits, map, death of friend, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Mood:gore
Locations:desert, bar
Story:freeze frame, racial slur, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, shot in the back, vomiting, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, telephone call, number in title, murder, blood, violence

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. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Story:gatling gun, special forces, switchblade, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, severed head, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:desert, bar
Story:gas mask, exploding helicopter, stuffed animal, gatling gun, special forces, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, limousine, news report, sniper, no opening credits, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:news reporter, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, c4 explosives, crushed to death, shot in the arm, news report, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, map, death of friend, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Mood:gore
Locations:desert
Story:oil, crushed to death, civil war, shot in the shoulder, no opening credits, severed head, death of friend, decapitation, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, woman on top, number in title, murder, blood

The Hurt Locker (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat, behaving as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:merchant, c4 explosives, capture, redneck, iraq, male bonding, racial slur, sniper, no opening credits, interracial relationship, death of friend, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter

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:torture, politics
Mood:gore
Story:bunker, gas mask, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, gatling gun, special forces, crushed to death, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, news report, sniper, exploding car, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter

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

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. This is why Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Story:gas mask, helicopter crash, special forces, crushed to death, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, map, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, violence, murder

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

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

Themes:torture
Mood:gore
Story:exploding helicopter, special forces, reverse footage, mexican standoff, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, sniper, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, shot in the back, f word, vomiting, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Story:capture, crushed to death, gold, civil war, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, no opening credits, severed head, map, decapitation, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, father daughter relationship

The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:heist, torture
Locations:desert
Story:gas mask, iraq, exploding helicopter, court martial, gatling gun, special forces, freeze frame, shot in the arm, sniper, exploding car, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

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

Locations:desert
Story:special forces, bullet, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, limousine, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, woman on top, shootout, blood, death, violence, murder

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:heist
Story:caper, ethnic slur, reverse footage, bullet, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, racial slur, news report, exploding car, map, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
Drama, History, War

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture, marriage, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Story:flag, dead soldier, convoy, bunker, boxer shorts, male bonding, jeep, shot in the arm, no opening credits, severed head, map, decapitation, shot in the back, vomiting, undressing, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:torture
Locations:desert, bar
Story:gas mask, news reporter, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, gatling gun, crushed to death, civil war, news report, no opening credits, exploding car, reporter, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone

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:torture, politics, friendship
Locations:desert
Story:gas mask, bunker, capture, mexican standoff, civil war, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, sniper, no opening credits, map, death of friend, shot in the back, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, shot to death, corpse, shootout, father daughter relationship

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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

Themes:heist
Story:gas mask, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, gatling gun, freeze frame, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, news report, exploding car, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, shootout, cell phone

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999). (Read More)

Themes:torture, friendship
Mood:satire, gore
Locations:bar
Story:ethnic slur, buttocks, surgery, shot in the shoulder, limousine, racial slur, severed head, exploding car, decapitation, f word, undressing, shot in the head, urination, shot in the chest, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, underwear, corpse

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:heist
Mood:gore
Story:exploding helicopter, c4 explosives, stuffed animal, capture, mexican standoff, caught having sex, shot in the arm, limousine, news report, sniper, exploding car, reporter, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

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

Themes:dying, torture
Story:gatling gun, special forces, crushed to death, mexican standoff, sniper, no opening credits, exploding car, interracial relationship, shot in the back, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun, black comedy, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout, cell phone

Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like Three Kings (1999)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:ethnic slur, oil, cynicism, gold, civil war, shot in the arm, racial slur, exploding car, death of friend, shot in the back, reporter, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, machine gun, helicopter, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Mood:gore
Story:civil war, redneck, mexican standoff, bullet, freeze frame, cow, shot in the arm, shot in the shoulder, racial slur, shot in the back, f word, slow motion scene, rescue, shot in the head, shot in the chest, black comedy, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, shootout

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