Movies like Desperate Hours

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 5.4
 6K
Desperate Hours
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A criminal holds a wealthy family hostage.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, serious, scary, realistic, intense, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: crime, violence, police, lawyer, murder, death, hostage, fbi, hostages, adultery, couple relations, family, corruption, kidnapping, nudity (topless - notable), violent, chase, prison, parents and children, police investigation, police corruption, nudity (full frontal - brief), suburbs, crimes, sexualized violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america

Most similar movies to Desperate Hours

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films with plots about dialogue, corruption, storytelling, mentor, murder, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Desperate Hours: Blue Steel (1990), White Sands (1992), Unlawful Entry (1992), Liberty Stands Still (2002), Year of the Dragon (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 5.7
 11K
Blue Steel
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, obsession, crime, murder, police, psychopath, chase, violence, investigation, neo noir, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.0
 6K
White Sands
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, murder, desert, neo noir, chase, hidden identity, corruption, small town, special agents, betrayal, death, violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   72%
 
 6.3
 13K
Unlawful Entry
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: obsession, police, police investigation, murder, lawyer, corruption, police corruption, vengeance, violence, mind game, suburbs, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   76%
 
Liberty Stands Still
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As the heir and current marketing director for one of the nation's biggest gun manufacturers, Liberty Wallace is indifferent to the atrocities made possible through her business and her CEO husband, Victor. On her way to see her actor lover, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, politics, corruption, arms dealer, hostage, violence, crimes, lone hero, danger, guns, weapons, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   77%
 
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Year of the Dragon
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, violence, organized crime, mafia, gangster, police corruption, vigilantism, hitman, lone wolves, strong sexual content, violent ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, vietnam, asia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   74%
 
 6.8
 230K
Hannibal
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, gory, vengeance, crime, cannibalism, fbi, violence, revenge, torture, blood, special agents, psychiatrist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, florence, venice, italy, florence italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   83%
 
 6.0
 20K
Killshot
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: hitman, crime, mafia, witnessing a crime, hunting, murder, crimes, danger, woman in danger, life turned upside down, mentor, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada, missouri, michigan, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   71%
 
Internal Affairs
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, sexual ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, vengeance, investigation, manipulation, police, neo noir, murder, strong sexual content, corruption, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   73%
 
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 5.8
 3K
One Good Cop
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his loyal longtime partner, a widower, is killed in the line of duty and leaves behind three young children, Artie Lewis (Michael Keaton), a dedicated New York City cop and his wife, Rita (Rene Russo), decide to take the kids in. But the lives ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, intense, realistic ...
Plot: justice, crime, vengeance, kidnapping, police investigation, revenge, violence, adoption, undercover, gang, conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   60%
 
 6.3
 7K
Black Widow
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: crime, obsession, investigation, murder, femme fatale, mystery, twists & turns, fbi, crimes, identity, plot twist, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   58%
 
 6.5
 4K
Best Seller
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, hitman, vengeance, gunfight, violence, heist, redemption, violent, mentor, corruption, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, texas, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   46%
 
Reservation Road
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: revenge, lawyer, vengeance, investigation, obsession, family, dysfunctional family, redemption, justice, dealing with death, guilt, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   62%
 
 7.2
 225K
Red Dragon
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, investigation, murder, fbi, mentor, cannibalism, psychopath, torture, blindness, police investigation, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., chicago illinois, florida, atlanta georgia, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   64%
 
Guilty as Sin
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Before a criminal lawyer knows what has happened, she is forced to defend a wife killer she knows is guilty.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, lawyer, amateur detective, crime, hotshot lawyer, womanizer, mind game, uncover truth, psychopath, catastrophe, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   60%
 
Johnny Handsome
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, betrayal, vengeance, gangsters, heist, murder, revenge, violence, criminal heroes, hitman, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, texas, new jersey, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   47%
 
Someone to Watch Over Me
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, romance, marriage, adultery, neo noir, witnessing a crime, crime, woman in danger, urban, police investigation, chase, culture clash ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   50%
 
Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, gangsters, violence, hostage, heist, crime gone awry, on the road, robbery, hitman, gangster, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new mexico, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   58%
 
 6.2
 21K
Trapped
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, crime, hostage, chase, ransom, hotel, brutality, betrayal, revenge, greed, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   47%
 
 6.6
 14K
Judgment Night
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While racing to a boxing match, Frank, Mike, John and Rey get more than they bargained for. A wrong turn lands them directly in the path of Fallon, a vicious, wise-cracking drug lord. After accidentally witnessing Fallon murder a disloyal henchman, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, chase, crime, violence, suburbs, criminal's revenge, death, gang, gangster, on the run, homeless ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: cuba, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
The Tie That Binds
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: John Netherwood and his wife Leann are fugitives who are both wanted for murder. They have a young daughter named Janie and they want her back.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, fugitives, violence, parents and children, criminal heroes, women, runaway, family relations, blind ambition, nudity (full frontal - brief), custody, secrets ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   49%
 
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, scary, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, serial killer, chess, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, betrayal, resort, protagonist as suspect, murder mystery, police ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   46%
 
Under Suspicion
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: clever, talky, suspense, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, murder, police investigation, mystery, lawyer, rape, serial killer, police, crumbling marriage, murder mystery, obsession, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, crime, small town, police investigation, blindness, surveillance, obsession, vengeance, murder mystery, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   50%
 
 6.6
 57K
Kiss the Girls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: police investigation, mystery, investigation, serial killer, kidnapping, chase, murder, missing person, police, interracial romance, brutality, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   45%
 
Boiling Point
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, murder, prison, vengeance, undercover cop, redemption, undercover, master criminal, violence, corruption, gangster, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   51%
 
 6.4
 22K
Just Cause
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, mystery, crime, revenge, prison, police, rape, investigation, manipulation, neo noir, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, new jersey, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
 6.8
 10K
Shoot to Kill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, chase, adventure, kidnapping, murder, wilderness, fbi, serial killer, investigation, survival, violence, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, san francisco, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   41%
 
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This movie features a character who is supposed to be the descendant of the character played Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall is also a bounty. But also an ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, chase, terrorism, revenge, violence, bounty hunter, motorcycle, brutality, hostages, one man army, murder, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
An Innocent Man
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, police corruption, vengeance, survival, revenge, gang, crime, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, mentor, false accusation, life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   41%
 
 6.1
 3K
Dead Bang
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack ...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime, chase, murder, investigation, police corruption, fbi, police, violence, master criminal, partners against crime, gunfight ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, colorado, usa, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
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