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Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Traffic (2000)

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

Themes:drugs,  surveillance,  corruption,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  politics,  marriage,  kidnapping
Mood:epic
Locations:mexico,  courtroom,  desert
Characters:hitman
Story:judge,  drug rehabilitation,  food poisoning,  runaway child,  tijuana mexico,  u.s. mexico border,  mexico city,  la jolla california,  crack cocaine,  san diego california,  teenage prostitution,  police corruption,  georgetown washington d.c.,  man on the verge of tears,  color filter,  12 step program,  remuneration,  el paso texas,  drug courier,  crack house,  columbus ohio,  drug ring,  cincinnati ohio,  drug war,  sexual favor,  interlinked stories,  mexican border,  lemonade,  ensemble film,  multiple perspectives,  grave digging,  alcoholics anonymous,  wiretapping,  drug cartel,  director also cinematographer,  corrupt official,  shot in the foot,  mercedes benz,  teenage daughter,  rehabilitation,  drug trafficking,  poisoning,  old friend,  informant,  golf club,  car bomb,  drug smuggling,  plastic surgery,  car explosion,  multiple storyline,  stolen car,  meeting,  bulletproof vest,  ghetto,  ensemble cast,  gay bar,  attorney,  drug overdose,  interracial friendship,  drug dealing,  gun battle,  white house,  breakfast,  press conference,  drug abuse,  loss of friend,  washington d.c.,  runaway,  teenage sex,  heroin,  silencer,  witness,  threat,  drug addiction,  suburb,  based on tv series,  organized crime,  drug addict,  sniper,  assassination,  joke,  interracial relationship,  cocaine,  woman,  california,  assassin,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  classroom,  handcuffs,  prostitution,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  remake,  helicopter,  high school,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  interracial sex,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  police,  flashback,  violence,  death

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  drugs
Mood:epic
Locations:courtroom
Characters:hitman
Story:drug rehabilitation,  crack cocaine,  cocaine,  shot in the foot,  informant,  bulletproof vest,  ghetto,  drug dealing,  heroin,  threat,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  judge,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  shooting,  arrest,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  chase,  death,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:mexico,  courtroom
Story:cocaine,  california,  drug courier,  drug ring,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  judge,  drug use,  criminal,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  police,  death,  flashback

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:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:hitman
Story:drug cartel,  u.s. mexico border,  police corruption,  el paso texas,  drug smuggling,  bulletproof vest,  interracial friendship,  silencer,  threat,  organized crime,  sniper,  assassination,  cocaine,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  one word title,  death,  murder,  violence

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:escape,  drugs
Story:ghetto,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  heroin,  organized crime,  drug addict,  cocaine,  california,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  shooting,  arrest,  high school,  pregnancy,  chase,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

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Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. This is why Snitch (2013) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drugs
Locations:mexico
Story:u.s. mexico border,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  informant,  drug smuggling,  ghetto,  threat,  organized crime,  sniper,  cocaine,  woman,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  cell phone,  one word title,  death,  violence,  murder

Savages (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Savages (2012)

In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:hitman
Story:tijuana mexico,  u.s. mexico border,  california,  marijuana,  drug cartel,  press conference,  silencer,  organized crime,  sniper,  woman,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  interracial sex,  one word title,  death,  murder,  violence,  flashback

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

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

Themes:corruption,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:hitman
Story:shot in the foot,  golf club,  car bomb,  car explosion,  interracial friendship,  gun battle,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  sniper,  cocaine,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  shooting,  arrest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  murder,  death,  violence,  police

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  escape,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Characters:hitman
Story:alcoholics anonymous,  heroin,  threat,  organized crime,  drug addict,  sniper,  cocaine,  california,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  arrest,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  police,  violence,  death,  murder

Hitman (2007)
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:corruption,  funeral,  torture
Characters:hitman
Story:bulletproof vest,  silencer,  sniper,  assassination,  woman,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  helicopter,  one word title,  police,  flashback,  death,  violence,  murder

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. This is why We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape,  drugs
Story:drug trafficking,  informant,  car bomb,  drug smuggling,  heroin,  organized crime,  assassination,  cocaine,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  chase,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

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

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Characters:hitman
Story:crack cocaine,  police corruption,  informant,  car bomb,  bulletproof vest,  ghetto,  interracial friendship,  loss of friend,  organized crime,  drug addict,  interracial relationship,  cocaine,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  police,  death,  violence,  murder

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Themes:escape
Story:police corruption,  bulletproof vest,  drug abuse,  silencer,  drug addict,  sniper,  cocaine,  woman,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  remake,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  police,  violence,  murder,  death

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  torture
Characters:hitman
Story:police corruption,  silencer,  threat,  based on tv series,  organized crime,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  arrest,  remake,  helicopter,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  flashback,  violence,  death,  murder

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Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Characters:hitman
Story:wiretapping,  corrupt official,  meeting,  ghetto,  silencer,  judge,  interracial relationship,  woman,  f word,  handcuffs,  arrest,  cell phone,  murder,  flashback,  police,  violence,  death

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. This is why White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:mexico,  courtroom
Story:drug rehabilitation,  drug overdose,  runaway,  heroin,  judge,  cocaine,  california,  shot in the back,  classroom,  handcuffs,  shooting,  arrest,  high school,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder,  police,  violence,  flashback

A Man Apart (2003) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

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

Themes:corruption,  drugs
Locations:mexico,  desert
Story:tijuana mexico,  mexico city,  drug war,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  car bomb,  silencer,  organized crime,  cocaine,  california,  handcuffs,  arrest,  murder,  violence

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

L.a. Confidential (1997)

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

Themes:corruption,  surveillance,  escape
Story:police corruption,  man on the verge of tears,  plastic surgery,  ensemble cast,  drug overdose,  drug dealing,  heroin,  organized crime,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  marijuana,  arrest,  police,  violence,  murder,  death,  flashback

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  funeral,  torture,  kidnapping
Characters:hitman
Story:informant,  wiretapping,  bulletproof vest,  ensemble cast,  drug dealing,  press conference,  heroin,  witness,  organized crime,  drug addict,  cocaine,  woman,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  arrest,  murder,  flashback,  violence,  death

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  drugs,  marriage
Story:cocaine,  drug cartel,  corrupt official,  car bomb,  drug smuggling,  drug dealing,  loss of friend,  silencer,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  sniper,  interracial relationship,  woman,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  shooting,  arrest,  remake,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  one word title,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

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Machete (2010) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
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! This is why Machete (2010) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:hitman
Story:u.s. mexico border,  witness,  police corruption,  corrupt official,  bulletproof vest,  drug overdose,  press conference,  silencer,  drug addict,  sniper,  assassination,  woman,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  chase,  interracial sex,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  police

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

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

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

Themes:escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Story:shot in the foot,  old friend,  bulletproof vest,  organized crime,  sniper,  interracial relationship,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  arrest,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  death,  violence,  murder

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

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

Themes:surveillance,  torture,  kidnapping
Story:drug rehabilitation,  bulletproof vest,  ensemble cast,  interracial friendship,  organized crime,  drug addict,  sniper,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  murder,  death,  police,  violence

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Story:corrupt official,  ghetto,  silencer,  organized crime,  sniper,  handcuffs,  arrest,  remake,  cell phone,  chase,  death,  violence,  police,  flashback,  murder

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  drugs
Locations:mexico
Characters:hitman
Story:woman,  drug cartel,  drug smuggling,  meeting,  gun battle,  silencer,  organized crime,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  shooting,  remake,  one word title,  violence,  death,  murder,  flashback

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. This is why Starsky & Hutch (2004) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  drugs
Characters:hitman
Story:informant,  golf club,  interracial friendship,  silencer,  witness,  based on tv series,  organized crime,  sniper,  cocaine,  woman,  assassin,  criminal,  remake,  swimming pool,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  police,  violence

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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:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Story:u.s. mexico border,  drug cartel,  bulletproof vest,  silencer,  organized crime,  sniper,  interracial relationship,  cocaine,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  shooting,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  flashback,  murder,  violence,  police,  death

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Archor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drugs
Story:drug rehabilitation,  san diego california,  drug ring,  drug war,  informant,  drug abuse,  silencer,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  cocaine,  california,  drug use,  f word,  handcuffs,  marijuana,  arrest,  cell phone,  death,  police,  flashback

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:wiretapping,  drug smuggling,  bulletproof vest,  gun battle,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  drug addict,  assassination,  woman,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  death,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  escape,  drugs
Story:drug addiction,  high school,  drug overdose,  drug abuse,  loss of friend,  heroin,  threat,  drug addict,  cocaine,  drug use,  shot in the back,  classroom,  prostitution,  shooting,  arrest,  teenage girl,  chase,  death,  murder,  police

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? This is why The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  drugs
Characters:hitman
Story:police corruption,  criminal,  wiretapping,  informant,  golf club,  ensemble cast,  heroin,  silencer,  witness,  organized crime,  drug addict,  cocaine,  handcuffs,  shooting,  arrest,  remake,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  chase,  police,  murder,  death,  violence,  flashback

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

Machete Kills (2013)

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

Themes:surveillance,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:hitman
Story:u.s. mexico border,  drug cartel,  white house,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  organized crime,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  interracial sex,  police,  death,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:corruption,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  drugs,  kidnapping
Mood:epic
Characters:hitman
Story:police corruption,  corrupt official,  car bomb,  runaway,  silencer,  threat,  organized crime,  drug addict,  assassination,  interracial relationship,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  arrest,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  police,  death,  violence

American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  drugs
Locations:courtroom
Story:heroin,  police corruption,  drug trafficking,  car bomb,  drug smuggling,  ghetto,  drug overdose,  loss of friend,  organized crime,  drug addict,  cocaine,  criminal,  shooting,  chase,  death,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police

Amores Perros (2000)
Drama, Thriller

Amores Perros (2000)

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  marriage,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico
Characters:hitman
Story:mexico city,  interlinked stories,  multiple perspectives,  multiple storyline,  witness,  threat,  woman,  assassin,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  flashback,  death,  murder

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

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. This is why Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Mood:epic
Characters:hitman
Story:woman,  assassin,  car bomb,  silencer,  sniper,  assassination,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Characters:hitman
Story:informant,  car bomb,  car explosion,  organized crime,  sniper,  assassination,  assassin,  f word,  criminal,  arrest,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Spectre (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Spectre (2015)

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:hitman
Story:mexico city,  meeting,  assassin,  criminal,  corrupt official,  silencer,  assassination,  woman,  shot in the back,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  death

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

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

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

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  drugs,  funeral
Story:crack cocaine,  police corruption,  cocaine,  heroin,  witness,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  drug use,  handcuffs,  arrest,  pregnancy,  murder,  death,  violence,  police

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:surveillance,  corruption,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Mood:epic
Story:criminal,  attorney,  organized crime,  police corruption,  car bomb,  bulletproof vest,  press conference,  silencer,  threat,  sniper,  assassination,  judge,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  police,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

Animal Kingdom (2010) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The only grounding in J's life is his girlfriend, Nicky Henry. With those casualties comes an investigation by Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Nathan Leckie, who knows the Codys are involved in some of those deaths. As Leckie tries to get J on his side, J has to figure out how best to get himself out from the middle, where he trusts neither side. J also wants to figure out how to exact what he considers justice in an all around bad situation. This is why Animal Kingdom (2010) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  escape
Locations:courtroom
Story:police corruption,  bulletproof vest,  drug overdose,  heroin,  suburb,  cocaine,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  marijuana,  arrest,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  murder,  death

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

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  funeral,  escape,  torture
Characters:hitman
Story:criminal,  wiretapping,  informant,  bulletproof vest,  drug overdose,  white house,  press conference,  loss of friend,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  organized crime,  sniper,  assassination,  assassin,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  arrest,  cell phone,  chase,  murder,  violence,  death,  flashback

Inherent Vice (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  politics,  drugs,  kidnapping
Story:police corruption,  drug cartel,  informant,  drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  drug abuse,  runaway,  heroin,  witness,  woman,  california,  drug use,  f word,  handcuffs,  prostitution,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  swimming pool,  violence,  death,  murder,  flashback

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  escape,  drugs,  kidnapping
Story:drug war,  shot in the foot,  drug dealing,  witness,  drug addict,  drug use,  f word,  handcuffs,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  high school,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  death,  flashback,  police,  murder

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The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

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

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  torture
Story:informant,  bulletproof vest,  drug overdose,  heroin,  silencer,  drug addiction,  drug addict,  cocaine,  california,  shot in the back,  violence,  death,  murder,  flashback

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. This is why Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:courtroom
Story:mexico city,  mercedes benz,  car bomb,  threat,  sniper,  assassination,  judge,  woman,  assassin,  handcuffs,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  death,  flashback,  police,  violence

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  escape,  torture,  kidnapping
Story:police corruption,  shot in the foot,  informant,  multiple storyline,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  organized crime,  drug addict,  assassination,  interracial relationship,  cocaine,  drug use,  shot in the back,  criminal,  prostitution,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  teenage girl,  chase,  interracial sex,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

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Babel (2006)
Drama

Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  drugs
Locations:mexico,  desert
Story:teenage daughter,  u.s. mexico border,  san diego california,  woman,  mexican border,  multiple perspectives,  multiple storyline,  ensemble cast,  witness,  california,  drug use,  shot in the back,  f word,  shooting,  arrest,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  chase,  death,  police,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  murder

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003) is one of the best movies like Traffic (2000)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:escape,  torture,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:mexico
Characters:hitman
Story:drug cartel,  director also cinematographer,  shot in the foot,  informant,  plastic surgery,  car explosion,  gun battle,  silencer,  organized crime,  assassin,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  shooting,  pregnancy,  father daughter relationship,  violence,  flashback,  death,  murder

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  funeral,  escape,  torture,  politics,  drugs,  kidnapping
Characters:hitman
Story:drug cartel,  corrupt official,  golf club,  bulletproof vest,  gun battle,  white house,  press conference,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  organized crime,  sniper,  assassination,  cocaine,  assassin,  shot in the back,  helicopter,  cell phone,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  murder

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