Movies like Desperate Measures

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Desperate Measures (1998)
 6.1
 16K
Desperate Measures (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch the potential donor is convicted multiple murderer Peter McCabe who sees a trip to the hospital as the perfect opportunity to get what he wants most freedom. With McCabe's escape, the entire hospital becomes a battleground and Connor must pursue and, ironically, protect the deadly fugitive who is his son's only hope for survival.
Style: suspenseful, rough, emotional, suspense, serious, realistic, psychological thriller, intense, ridiculous, idiotic ...
Plot: terminal illness, chase, criminal, convict, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, hospital, escape, race against time, child illness, swat team, paranoia, leukemia, captive, confrontation, freeway, donation, life & death, victim, transplant, brutality, confined, family relations, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa

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Most similar movies to Desperate Measures

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and suspense films with plots about chase, crimes, murder, vengeance, nudity (full frontal - brief), crime and mentor mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Desperate Measures: Metro (1997), The Escapist (2008), One Good Cop (1991), Prison Break: The Final Break (2009), Waist Deep (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.5
 26K
Metro (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: negotiation, car chase, chase, hostage, danger, tough law enforcer, master criminal, revenge, police investigation, partners, hostages, jewel thief ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.7
 16K
The Escapist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, harsh, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, crimes, crime, prison life, fugitives, prison escape, going straight, terminal illness, escape, tunnel, tragedy, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 5.9
 4K
One Good Cop (1991)
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, emotional, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: justice, adoption, undercover, orphan, drug dealer, law enforcement, murder, family relations, partner, crimes, crime, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, escape, woman in danger, resourceful, freedom, against the odds, confined, chases and races, daring rescue, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: florida, israel, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 9K
Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, gang, chase, african american, gangsters, organized crime, ex convict, father son relationship, car chase, gang war, race against time, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.9
 70K
48 Hrs. (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Style: humorous, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: tough cop, convict, crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, prison, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, profanity, police officer killed, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Deep Dark Canyon (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bloom Towne is a small-town sheriff under the thumb of the well-established, deeply influential Mayor Dick Cavanaugh's family. When Bloom's two teenage sons, Nate and Skylar accidentally shoot and kill Dick during a deer-hunt, Bloom's ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: manhunt, chase, on the run, graphic violence, parents and children, small town, in the woods, crimes, murder, revenge, brother brother relationship, escape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, talky, bleak ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crimes, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
 5.6
 23K
The Contract (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Attempting to recover from a recent family trauma by escaping into the woods for a peaceful hiking trip, an ex-lawman and his young son stumble across a dangerous contract killer.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, chase, fbi, danger, family problems, parents and children, wilderness, serial killer, crimes, family relations, attempted murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.5
 7K
Shadowboxer (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: terminal illness, hitman, pregnancy, parents and children, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, family relations, haunted by the past, introspection, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.8
 12K
The Forger (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, only to be forced to alter his plans and commit one more job for the man who financed his release.
Style: sentimental, serious, suspenseful, touching, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, going straight, criminal heroes, terminal illness, child illness, family problems, heist, single parent, parents and children, crime, graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Race Against Time (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that the doctors want to claim his organs immediately, he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, on the run, danger, deadly, rivalry, chase, race against time, fugitives, self sacrifice, father son relationship, organ donation, future dystopia ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, bounty hunter, vengeance, one man army, chase, master criminal, undercover, against the odds, track down, tough heroes, on the run, race against time ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
 126K
16 Blocks (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse, but they find themselves running the gauntlet as other forces try to prevent them from getting there.
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, police corruption, race against time, testimony, convict, crime, crimes, reluctant partners, witnessing a crime, deal, dishonesty, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.5
 43K
Stolen (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Master thief Will Montgomery is just released from the State penitentiary after serving a 10 year sentence, is contacted by Vincent, his ex comrade in crime, who is holding Will’s teenage daughter ransom in a hijacked taxi cab. Vincent will only ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, chase, car chase, heist, taxi driver, rescue, fbi, thief, race against time, crimes, father daughter relationship, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 125K
John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, emotional, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: hostage, hospital, injustice, financial problem, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society, crimes, crime, doctors and patients, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Tie That Binds (1995)
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, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, family relations, wanted, haunted by the past, custody, parents and children, fugitives, rivalry, crimes, criminal heroes, criminal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 23K
Trapped (2002)
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, realistic, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: asthma, kidnapping, asthma attack, ransom, child in peril, hostage, psychopath, crimes, parents and children, profanity, family relations, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 13K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: death sentence, murder, racism, courtroom drama, prison, politics, legal, haunted by the past, anti semitism, crimes, legal action, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Internal Affairs (1990)
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, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, manipulation, internal affairs, psychopath, crimes, corrupt cop, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 39K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison escape, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, corruption, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 8K
Black Dog (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An ex-con takes a job driving a truck cross country. What he doesn't know is that the truck is filled with illegal weapons and now he must fight to survive and save his family.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: truck, car chase, chases and races, rescue, chase, danger, crimes, partners, race against time, on the run, one man army, ex convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 50K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspense, serious, exciting, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, police investigation, partners, fish out of water, gang war, culture clash, gunfight, crimes, crime, track down, danger, yakuza ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, osaka japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 117K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, drug lord, gunfight, dishonesty, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, robbery, rivalry, danger, betrayal, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Jackson County Jail (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, escape, prison, injustice, on the road, police corruption, chase, psychotic, car theft, cross country trip, roadblock, hitchhiker ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Boiling Point (1993)
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, murder, investigation, prison, crimes, crime, redemption, working undercover, master criminal, vengeance, special agents, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Emmett's Mark (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the Philadelphia police department, Emmett Young is a hotshot, a workaholic newly promoted to homicide. He learns he has a disease that will soon kill him painfully, so he hires a stranger to arrange his own death. With one eye on the calendar ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, private detective, murder, terminal illness, hitman, serial killer, law enforcement, crimes, special agents, life is a bitch, murder investigation, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 44K
The Hunted (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the wilderness of British Columbia, two hunters are tracked and viciously murdered by Aaron Hallum. Former Special Operations instructor, L.T. Bonham is approached and asked to apprehend Hallum, his former student, who has 'gone rogue' ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, combat, swat team, chase, human monster, murder, special agents, haunted by the past, violence, maniac, massacre, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: oregon, kosovo, usa, portland oregon, yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Desperate Hours (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A criminal holds a wealthy family hostage.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, scary ...
Plot: hostage, mind game, family relations, crimes, manhunt, couple relations, law enforcement, fbi, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, psychopath, suburbs ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.3
 21K
Twisted (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Recently promoted and transferred to the homicide division, Inspector Jessica Shepard feels pressure to prove herself -- and what better way than by solving San Francisco's latest murder? However, as Shepard and her partner, Mike Delmarco, soon ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, who done it, crimes, crime, policewoman, drugs/alcohol, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, murder mystery, who to trust, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%