Movies like Escape from New York

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Escape from New York (1981)
 7.2
 111K
Escape from New York (1981)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, rough, surprise ending, stylized, suspense, suspenseful, dark, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, anti hero, kidnapping, future dystopia, cyberpunk, race against time, rescue, hostage, lone wolves, one man army, prison escape, brutality, island, taxi, cult, taxi driver, presumed dead, loner, street gang, usa president, war veteran, police operation, urban, heroic mission, chases and races ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california

Most similar movies to Escape from New York

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out futuristic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about danger, martial arts, violence, heroes, fistfight, chase and explosion mostly in Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like Escape from New York: Escape from L.A. (1996), Doomsday (2008), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Lockout (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, race against time, lone wolves, earthquake, prison, daring rescue, heroic mission, tough heroes, danger, chaos, chaos and mayhem, chases and races ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 68K
Doomsday (2008)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A lethal virus spreads throughout the British isles,infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three ...
Style: futuristic, serious, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, rescue, chase, infected, quarantine, sword fight, survival, future dystopia, cannibalism, danger, gory, heroes ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: scotland, england, london, europe, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: man versus machine, androids and robots, killer robot, time travel, manhunt, lone hero, artificial intelligence, terminator, chase, save the world, violence, fictional war ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2020s ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, futuristic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, space and aliens, outer space, bounty hunter, on the run, heroic mission, survival, battles, distant planet, prison, danger, adventure ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.1
 89K
Lockout (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space station, outer space, hotshot hero, heroic mission, group of criminals, prison, usa president, convict, hostage, conspiracy, danger, confined ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 49K
Soldier (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sergeant Todd is a veteran soldier for an elite group of the armed forces. After being defeated by a new breed of genetically engineered soldiers, he is dumped on a waste planet and left for dead. He soon interacts with a group of crash survivors ...
Style: futuristic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genetic engineering, space travel, military, one man army, soldier, rescue, presumed dead, master warrior, survival, space marine, alien planet, heroic mission ...
Time: future, year 1996
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 233K
Dredd (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, South Africa, USA, India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, judge, survival, justice, corruption, police, drug lord, neo noir, gunfight, rivalry, criminal, one man army ...
Time: future
Place: usa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.1
 27K
Cyborg (1989)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, martial arts, violence, one man army, future dystopia, plague, chaos, chase, good versus evil, anarchy, urban, heroic mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york, south carolina, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 4.5
 6K
Fortress 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 7 years on from the original Fortress movie, Brennick and his family are still on the run. Finally, they give in, and surrender, only to find themselves imprisoned in a new, more sophisticated fortress prison in outer space. But Brennick's not ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, futuristic, disturbing, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prisoner, escape, forest, surveillance, chase, on the run, race against time, rivalry, good versus evil, fugitives, hiding place ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be ...
Style: exciting, suspense, bleak, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, chase, survival, apocalypse, dark hero, desert, danger, dark future, post apocalyptic, chases and races, insanity, female warrior ...
Time: future
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.5
 102K
Judge Dredd (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge (a cop with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, frame up, judge, good versus evil, superhero, law enforcement, uncover truth, police, justice, apocalypse, dystopic future, brother ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.9
 422
Steel Frontier (1995)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set in a post-nuclear-holocaust future, this sci-fi western takes place in the frontier city of New Hope, the only place around with a working oil refinery. Ever since a megalomaniac general and his followers took over the place, life has been ...
Style: serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, modern western, bounty hunter, soldier, good versus evil, anti heroes, sport, lone wolves, one man army, survival, vengeance, apocalypse ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.9
 48K
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) is a hard nosed police chief in the year 2025. She and a police snatch squad are sent to Mars to apprehend a dangerous criminal James Williams (Ice Cube). Mars has been occupied by humans for some time and they ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mars, ghost, ghost town, martial arts, survival, supernatural, danger, zombie, alien possession, jail, possession, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 22nd century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 719K
The Terminator (1984)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: killer robot, manhunt, man versus machine, androids and robots, artificial intelligence, danger, protector, sent to the past, heroine, cyberpunk, mission, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 2020s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Expect No Mercy (1995)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Federal Service Agent Justin Vanier has been assigned to infiltrate the mysterious Virtual Arts Academy in search of Eric, a fellow agent. In this high-tech facility, the maniacal leader Warbeck is training assassins to become even more efficient ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Plot: martial arts, virtual reality, dominatrix, assassination, kidnapping, undercover, danger, a.i., government agency, murderous pair, secret agents, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 144K
Demolition Man (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Simon Phoenix, a violent criminal cryogenically frozen in 1996, has escaped during a parole hearing in 2032 in the utopia of San Angeles. Police are incapable of dealing with his violent ways and turn to his captor, John Spartan, who had also been ...
Style: futuristic, semi serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: utopia, police, martial arts, violence, car chase, foot chase, tough heroes, good versus evil, betrayal, mind control, crime fighter, one man army ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1990s, year 1996, near future ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.2
 1K
Retrograde (2004)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Luxembourg, Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two time travelers with opposing views are sent back to the present aboard a research ship in the Antarctic to prevent a global biological disaster from occuring
Style: stylized, serious, futuristic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, race against time, spacecraft, infection, survival, plague, time travel, good versus evil, soldier, androids and robots, adventure, save the world ...
Time: future, 2000s, year 2004, 23rd century
Place: south america, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 2.8
 527
Gangland (2001)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, an evil pack of outlaws is systematically turning civilians into prisoners and slaves. Worse yet, the spread of a terrifying deadly flesh-eating virus threatens to destroy all of humanity. As good and evil ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, adventure, race against time, save the world, future dystopia, heroic mission, plague, good versus evil, against humanity, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.1
 17K
No Escape (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of ...
Style: futuristic, serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, prison, jungle, survival, chase, prisoner, ex soldier, prison guard, escape, adventure, uninhibited rivalry, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which is controlled by the Euraks, to rescue the only fertile ...
Style: serious, futuristic, rough, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, survival, lone wolves, gory, chases and races, martial arts, adventure, danger, urban, escapades, heroes, anti heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Style: exciting, serious, philosophical, suspense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, virtual reality, chosen one, man versus machine, cyberpunk, martial arts, warrior, philosophy, mission, freedom, self sacrifice, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, 23rd century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the year 2074, the cybernetics market is dominated by two rival companies: USA's Pinwheel Robotics and Japan's Kobayashi Electronics. Cyborgs are commonplace, used for anything from soldiers to prostitutes. Casella Reese is a prototype ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corporation, explosion, robot, assassin, on the run, chase, rivalry, rescue, hitman, strong sexual content, a.i., androids and robots ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Universal Soldier (1992)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American soldier who had been killed during the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as a semi-android, UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. After the failure of the initiative to erase all the soldier's memories, he ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, androids and robots, soldier, reporter, vietnam war, one man army, military, good versus evil, genetically altered, vengeance, escapades, imaginary ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s, future
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, hacker, future dystopia, danger, a.i., computers and web, save the world, society, heroic mission, technophobia, computer genius, race against time ...
Time: future, 2020s, 21st century, 2000s, near future
Place: beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.3
 449
Firepower (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the year 2007, crime has risen at an exponential rate. Once highly populated metropolises such as Los Angeles are no longer inhabitable. These cities have transformed into "Hell Zones," ruled by violent street gangs. The Hell Zone, ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, martial arts, murder, katana sword, nightclub, street gang, criminal heroes, crime, theater, good versus evil, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: future, year 2006, near future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.7
 1.5M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: thought provoking, exciting, mind bending, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, chosen one, cyberspace, philosophy ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Last Patrol (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a massive earthquake destroys Los Angeles, a new order is formed. But disagreement among the ranks leads to more war and disruption, and The Last Patrol must bring order if there's to be any hope for the future.
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, rough, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: earthquake, rescue, survival, chaos and mayhem, apocalypse, danger, life is a bitch, battle, martial arts, desert, prison, soldier ...
Time: future, near future
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 392K
Elysium (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, space station, class conflict, cyberpunk, outer space, race against time, politics, rich and poor, society, radiation, ex convict, fighting the system ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: los angeles, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.9
 26K
Fortress (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the movie. The prison is a futuristic one run by a private ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, prison life, strangulation, strong sexual content, married couple, confined, heroes, anti heroes, rescue, captivity, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 4.8
 7K
The Anomaly (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has less than 10 minutes to figure out how he got there.
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, conspiracy, mind control, kidnapping, save the day, technology, erased memory, chases and races, danger, escapades, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: future, near future
Place: shanghai china, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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