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Bullet in the Head (1990)
 7.6
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Bullet in the Head (1990)
Original name: 喋血街頭
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
Style: realistic, bleak, exciting, rough, serious, captivating, cult film, intense, brutal, bloody ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, betrayal, murder, pow, vengeance, war, gang, survival, heroes, confined, friends, life is a bitch, captivity, post war, anti war, danger, chaos and mayhem, strong violent content, buddies, wartime life, escapades, deadly, rivalry, dehumanization ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam, hong kong, asia, saigon

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about violence, brutality, blood, gunfight, gun, crimes and gangsters mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Bullet in the Head: A Better Tomorrow (1986), Hard Boiled (1992), Rich and Famous 2 (1987), Tiger Cage (1988), Dead Presidents (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, friendship, gangsters, vengeance, police officer, forgery, prison, revenge, crime, crimes, police investigation, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: hong kong, asia, taiwan, taipei, california ...
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Hard Boiled (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of ...
Style: stylized, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, smuggling, mexican standoff, massacre, mafia, undercover, heroes, arms smuggling, fighting crime, hitman, gory ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
Rich and Famous 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After being released from prison, Tang Kat-Yung exacts revenge on Li Ah Chai, in this sequel to Rich and Famous.
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang, tragic hero, buddies, crime, rivalry, ambition, heroes, deadly, going straight ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.7
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Tiger Cage (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Something fishy is going on in the anti-Drug Trafficking Unit of the HK Police, and only a few honest cops know that the corruption goes all the way to the top. However, they must prove their case quickly, and by unconventional means, after they are ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, martial arts, frame up, police corruption, gangsters, law enforcement, life is a bitch, rivalry, chases and races, dishonesty, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dead Presidents (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn". However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, vietnam war, militant, urban ghetto life, redemption, friendship, soldier, mercy killing, post traumatic stress disorder, crime, crimes, civil rights ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, new york, bronx new york city, asia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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The Killer (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Mob assassin Jeffrey is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. So, when beautiful nightclub chanteuse Jennie is blinded in the crossfire of his most recent hit, Jeffrey ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, emotional, realistic ...
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Plot: hitman, friendship, redemption, one last job, mob boss, crimes, crime, going straight, moral dilemma, accident, deadly, innocence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, undercover, gangsters, gang, restaurant, gang war, gory, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, pregnancy, working undercover, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.9
 611
The Big Heat (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cop (Waise Lee) is losing the control of his right hand and cannot pull the trigger on time anymore. Before any accident happens, he decides to resign. Meanwhile his friend and informer is brutally murdered in Malaysia. Before leaving the force, ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, wrongfully committed, vengeance, police corruption, witnessing a crime, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, partners against crime, rivalry, gays and lesbians, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, malaysia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Uncommon Valor (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, intense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, jungle, prison, rescue, soldier, war, survival, adventure, danger, captivity, against the odds ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Hamburger Hill (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, suspenseful ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: disturbing, rough, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, pow, soldier, war crime, atrocity, rape, revenge, crimes, military, gang rape, military life, dehumanization ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, year 1974, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Hunter of the Apocalypse (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: During the Vietnam war, an American soldier gets trapped beind enemy lines. A squad of his buddies sets out to rescue him.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, behind enemy lines, violence, against the odds, anti war, apocalypse, stoners, chaos, gory, battles, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 60s
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, saigon, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Longest Nite (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two triad leaders vie for the right to manage a string of casinos in Macau which sparks an exhausting battle. A twist of fate brings the two gangster bosses together in collaboration, but rumors have it otherwise. A murderous plot unfolds.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Vengeance (2009)
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Duration: 108 min.
Story: A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
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Duration: 108 min.
Story: John Woo directs this action-packed comedy that stars Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung as a trio of art thieves who grew up together as orphans under the tutelage of a cruel crime boss named Chow (Kenneth Tsang). Although Red Bean ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
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Time: 90s, year 1988
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⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Run and Kill (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man (Fatty) returns home to find his wife with another man. He goes to a bar and begins to drink, waking up the next day to find that he owes a mafioso money for killing his wife. Not wanting to pay the money, he enlists a malitia organization ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Exterminator (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 102 min.
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
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Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Style: captivating, tense, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.2
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'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
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Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, rough, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: John, a disillusioned Vietnam War journalist, turns to heroin smuggling. He cons Ray, an equally burnt out veteran into delivering the drugs stateside to his wife. Everything soon falls apart and Ray ends up on the run with John's wife trying ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: vietnam war, chase, on the run, heroin, drug trade, police corruption, homecoming, crimes, crime, law enforcement, journalism, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, gang, wedding, going straight, tragic hero, heroes, dishonesty, danger, crimes, downfall, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The year is 1974. A young Hong Kong Chinese, Mark (Chow Yun-Fat), travels to Saigon to make his fortune. There, he encounters a mysterious femme fatale, the lovely Kit. As he becomes more involved in her various underworld deals, a tragic romance ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, gang, rivalry, daring rescue, vengeance, danger, gangsters, friendship, master criminal, crimes, love triangle, male bonding ...
Place: hong kong, vietnam, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.1
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Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia
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64%