Movies like The French Connection

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The French Connection (1971)
 7.7
 124K
The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, breathtaking, cerebral, neo noir, exciting, clever, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heroin, gangsters, drug lord, drugs, police, chase, smuggling, drug smuggling, investigation, crimes, drug dealer, car, corruption, violence, justice, culture clash, cynicism, spy, mafia, organized crime, tough cop, police procedural, informant, partnership ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, california, san francisco, new jersey, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...

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Most similar movies to The French Connection

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and suspense films with plots about chase, crimes, gangsters, gunfight, murder, dialogue and violence mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The French Connection: Bullitt (1968), Year of the Dragon (1985), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Donnie Brasco (1997), The Seven-Ups (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
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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: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, organized crime, car, police, police investigation, violence, gangsters, police procedural, investigation, burglary, chase, street racing ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Year of the Dragon (1985)
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: neo noir, suspense, intense, brutal, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chinese mafia, organized crime, gangsters, police detective, culture clash, racism, sexually frustrated woman, murder, violence, crimes, police corruption, tough cop ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, vietnam, bangkok thailand, thailand, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
French Connection II (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: "Popeye" Doyle travels to Marsailles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York.
Style: neo noir, serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, organized crime, crimes, gangsters, spy, car, police officer, tough cop, investigation, illegal drugs, mafia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, marseille, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, car chase, murder, police investigation, crimes, vengeance, law enforcement, gangsters, hitman, organized crime, loss of friend, undercover ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 310K
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Style: realistic, tense, neo noir, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, fbi, mentor, organized crime, crimes, undercover, working undercover, law enforcement, friends, loyalty, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new york, new jersey, florida, usa, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Seven-Ups (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, car, gangsters, crimes, police officer, murder, police, chase, undercover agent, undercover police officer, driving, spy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 1.3M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: twist ending, suspense, surprise ending, clever, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, police, crimes, mole, organized crime, undercover cop, working undercover, corruption, twists and turns, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, china, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 250K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: emotional, tense, suspense, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: latinos, gang member, street gang, police, police officer, gang war, gangsters, friendship, brutality, urban ghetto, gang, found footage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s, year 2011
Place: los angeles, california, south central los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Boiling Point (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover cop, redemption, vengeance, crimes, investigation, organized crime, working undercover, master criminal, track down, special agents, loss of partner ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 217K
Gangster Squad (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it ...
Style: exciting, rough, tense, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mob boss, organized crime, police detective, partners against crime, crimes, corruption, revenge, police brutality, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1949, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Across 110th Street (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, cynical, bleak, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, murder, racism, organized crime, police, police corruption, police investigation, violence, hitman, mafia, robbery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 56K
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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense, serious ...
Plot: secret service, crimes, murder mystery, political corruption, political conspiracy, assassination, justice, usa president, politics, witnessing a crime, conspiracy, white house ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on ...
Style: dark, suspense, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: oil, mafia, american dream, corruption, gangsters, business ethics, organized crime, crimes, truck, immigrants, winter, twists and turns ...
Time: year 1981, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, sinister, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, hostage, train, crimes, runaway train, murder, gangsters, mayor, railway, caper, claustrophobia, subway ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: suspense, harsh, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, police, crimes, mafia, police officer, hitman, brothers, multiple storylines, nightclub, law enforcement, heroin ...
Time: 20th century, year 1988, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 406K
Collateral (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.
Style: tense, neo noir, clever, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, taxi driver, crimes, twists and turns, hostage, killings, merciless, taxi, sociopath, assassin, murder witness, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 97K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: suspenseful, talky, intense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, police, nypd, internal affairs, sheriff, dirty cop, mafia, gangsters, organized crime, crimes, police corruption, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, california, texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 5K
Prime Cut (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves.
Style: tense, serious, exciting, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, murder, crimes, chase, violence, gang, vengeance, mafia, slaughterhouse, small community, collector, rape victim ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, kansas, usa, kansas city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.
Style: sexy, atmospheric, bad ending, unusual plot structure, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, helicopter, chase, private detective, exploitation, police investigation, gang, crimes, gangsters, investigation, racism, gunfight ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, africa, harlem, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Untouchables (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, stylized, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, corruption, smuggling, crimes, tough cop, tough law enforcer, prohibition, prohibition era, tax evasion, gunfight ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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: harsh, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, gangsters, lone hero, crimes, mafia, gang, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, kidnapping, police, corruption ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 33K
Thief (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he ...
Style: atmospheric, noir, cerebral, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heist, car salesman, safecracker, mafia, robbery, thief, character study, bank robbery, betrayal, crimes, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, usa, illinois, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Code of Silence (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.
Style: exciting, suspense, intense, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crimes, police, revenge, mafia, fight, chase, gangsters, police officer, hitman, police investigation, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.4
 123K
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, suspenseful, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gunfight, criminal heroes, drug lord, robbery, dishonesty, drugs, gangsters, rivalry, mafia, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: realistic, tense, intense, dark, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corrupt cop, corruption, police, crimes, police corruption, guilt, betrayal, organized crime, murder, dirty cop, police brutality, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, new jersey, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 38K
Heist (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending, tricky, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gangsters, blackmail, crimes, robbery, gunfight, gold, twists and turns, cons and scams, mastermind, organized crime, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
 437K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: neo noir, realistic, tense, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, corrupt cop, gang, police, gang member, gunfight, drug dealer, rookie, drugs, mentor, mafia, african american ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 65K
Marathon Man (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, paranoia, dentist, revenge, nazi, violence, kidnapping, spy, chase, brother brother relationship, torture, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, uruguay, paris france, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 10K
Rapid Fire (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: College student Jake Lo is pursued by smugglers, mobsters and crooked federal agents after he witnesses a murder by a Mafia kingpin.
Style: exciting, intense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, police investigation, police corruption, justice, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, violent, murder, machismo, betrayal, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, los angeles, hong kong, chicago illinois, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 124K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: fighting the system, police corruption, police, corruption, whistleblower, undercover cop, crimes, police investigation, social decay, life is a bitch, partners, idealism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%