Movies like Dirty Harry

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Dirty Harry (1971)
 7.7
 153K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, suspense, neo noir, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, gunfight, crimes, tough law enforcer, psychopath, police, against the rules, ransom, police brutality, police detective, investigation, surveillance, justice, sniper, chase, kidnapping, maniac, assault, mayor, police investigation, strong violent content, homosexual, master criminal, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: san francisco, usa, california

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Most similar movies to Dirty Harry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, suspense, realistic and serious films with plots about revenge, murder, crimes, police, violence, gun and vengeance mostly in Crime, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Dirty Harry: The Enforcer (1976), Magnum Force (1973), Bullitt (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Death Wish (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Enforcer (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns again, this time saddled with a rookie female partner. Together, they must stop a terrorist group consisting of angry Vietnam veterans.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, militant, ransom, inspector, crimes, police investigation, law enforcer killer, sexism, loss of partner, rookie, police detective, demotion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 61K
Magnum Force (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: "Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, police corruption, machismo, loss of friend, robbery, police investigation, investigation, notoriety, police detective, civil rights, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 68K
Bullitt (1968)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, burglary, organized crime, police investigation, street racing, against the rules, gunfight, chase, witness protection, political corruption, dishonesty, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 44K
Sudden Impact (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.
Style: serious, tense, intense, harsh, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, police investigation, chase, serial killer, vengeance, crimes, female killer, against the rules, police detective, law enforcement, justice, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, las vegas, pacific ocean, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 39K
Death Wish (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, architect, murder, vigilante, police, vengeance, crimes, violence spree, obsession, fighting crime, rivalry, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, tucson arizona, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 18K
Tightrope (1984)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. His victims are young and pretty women, which he rapes and murders. The murders are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, intense, tricky ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, woman in danger, single parent, crimes, manipulation, mind game, mysterious character, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 27K
The Rookie (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Veteran cop Nick Pulovski is used to playing musical partners; many of the partners he's had in the past have died on the job, and often as a result of Nick's risky tactics. But the rookie who's been assigned to help Nick bust a ...
Style: semi serious, suspense, entertaining, intense, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: chase, rescue, hostage, police investigation, partners, track down, car chase, kidnapping, brutality, vengeance, murder, ransom ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 54K
Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: secret service, political corruption, family relations, usa president, crimes, assassination, crimes of passion, state affairs, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, dishonesty, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 45K
The Dead Pool (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the ...
Style: serious, suspense, neo noir, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police, reporter, prison, mafia, crimes, police investigation, against the rules, law enforcement, justice, murder, car chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.0
 760K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, bleak, dark, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, crimes, justice, vengeance, distopia, social decay, tough heroes, torture, killings, corruption, society, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 2000s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.4
 23K
The Gauntlet (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Phoenix cop Ben Shockley is well on his way to becoming a derelict when he is assigned to transport a witness named Gus Mally from Vegas. Mally turns out to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and incriminating information regarding a ...
Style: exciting, suspense, entertaining, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, chase, corrupt official, police corruption, bus, sniper, hitman, organized crime, on the road, alcoholic, tough cop, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, phoenix arizona, arizona, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 45K
Blood Work (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder mystery, murder, serial killer, psychopath, crimes, police investigation, mystery, investigation, dishonesty, doctor patient relationship, good versus evil, blood donor ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 113K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, serious, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, dirty cop, gunfight, police investigation, violence, vigilantism, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, tough law enforcer, undercover cop, corruption, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 19K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, lone hero, crimes, gangsters, rescue, police, vigilante, gang, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 17K
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Coogan (Clint Eastwood) an Arizona deputy sheriff goes to New York to pick up a prisoner. While escorting the prisoner to the airport he escapes and Coogan heads into the City to recapture him.
Style: exciting, light, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fish out of water, chase, escape, track down, crimes, law enforcement, disorder, police, gunfight, apache, runaway, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: new york, arizona, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, survival, siege, police station, convict, crimes, brutality, gang, partners, reluctant partners, child killer, confinement indoors ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: los angeles, usa, california, plymouth
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 72K
Cobra (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: gang, serial killer, police investigation, murder, rivalry, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, tough law enforcer, resistance, tough heroes, prosecution ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 20K
Nighthawks (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, undercover, hostage, crimes, master criminal, fighting crime, working undercover, tough law enforcer, chase, police, murder, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, london, paris france, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 87K
Blitz (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A tough, renegade cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, talky, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, police detective, serial killer, police investigation, gay slur, tough law enforcer, murder, law enforcer killer, cop as target, crimes, law enforcement, police brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.8
 5K
Kill Switch (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A troubled detective travels to Memphis in order to track down a pair of serial killers.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, special agents, psychopath, murder, serial killer, mind game, master criminal, race against time, law enforcement, rivalry, track down, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.7
 15K
Blue Steel (1990)
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: neo noir, suspenseful, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: policewoman, stalking, obsession, serial killer, murder, psychopath, crimes, mind game, police investigation, female protagonist, dangerous attraction, woman in danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 77K
Shaft (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence ...
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, drug lord, private detective, police brutality, police officer, gunfight, corruption, crimes, police investigation, revenge, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Glimmer Man (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former government operative renowned for his stealth, Jack Cole is now a Los Angeles police detective. When a series of horrible murders occurs in the metro area, Cole is assigned to the case, along with tough-talking fellow cop Jim Campbell. ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, aikido, crimes, tough law enforcer, reluctant partners, police corruption, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, crimes, fighting the system, on the run, fighting crime, partners against crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 254K
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on ...
Style: humorous, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: reluctant partners, police investigation, gunfight, police, chase, crimes, partners against crime, verbal byplay, adventure, mercenary, henchman, sarcasm ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, vietnam, beverly hills, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 19K
Death Warrant (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate in some murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Lois, using his outstandings martial arts is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, martial arts, murder, investigation, undercover, surveillance, serial killer, partners against crime, prisoner, master criminal, track down, working undercover ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 77K
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: convict, crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, prison, tough law enforcer, reluctant partners, law enforcement, tough cop, police officer killed, buddy cop, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 5K
Best Seller (1987)
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, psychological, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, heist, hitman, psychopath, serial killer, police detective, crimes, vengeance, writer's life, mind game, gunfight, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, california, oregon, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Urban Justice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Seagal plays a man with a dark and violent past, who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, revenge, murder, chase, investigation, martial arts, gangsters, car chase, death in the family, track down, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.6
 35K
Exit Wounds (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, kidnapping, betrayal, drug dealing, police, police investigation, aikido, crimes, master criminal, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%