Movies like The Hard Way 1991

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The Hard Way (1991)
 6.4
 17K
The Hard Way (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Seeking to raise his credibility as an actor and to land a role as a tough cop on a new show, Hollywood action star Nick Lang works a deal with New York City Police Capt. Brix, who by chance is one of his fans. Nick will be paired with detective Lt. John Moss and learn how to act like a real cop. But when Nick drives John crazy with questions and imitating him, he gets in the way of John's pursuit of a serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious, talky, clever, rough, cynical, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: odd couple, serial killer, police investigation, crime, crimes, amateur detective, fish out of water, friendship, law enforcement, actor's life, deadly, partners against crime, dual identity, elevator, movie star, buddy cop, film within a film, undercover agent, undercover cop, justice, friends, misfit, partners, hollywood, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to The Hard Way

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, exciting and buddy movie films with plots about crimes, partners, police investigation, chase, law enforcement, culture clash and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Hard Way: Bulletproof (1996), Hollywood Homicide (2003), Loose Cannons (1990), A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 34K
Bulletproof (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An undercover police officer named Rock Keats befriends a drug dealer and car thief named Archie Moses in a bid to catch the villainous drug lord Frank Coltan. But the only problem is that Keats is a cop, his real name is Jack Carter, and he is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, buddy comedy, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, drug lord, police, buddies, working undercover, criminal heroes, crime, friendship, crimes, hidden identity, undercover cop, betrayal ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) and his new partner K. C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), are detectives on the beat in Tinseltown. Neither one of them really wants to be a cop, Gavilan moonlights as a real estate broker, and Calden is an aspiring actor ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police investigation, murder, hip hop, reluctant partners, partners against crime, hollywood, odd couple, law enforcement, crimes, chase, foot chase, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Loose Cannons (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mac, the two fisted savy cop finds that he's being saddled with a new partner, a known burn out, to work with him on a new and difficult case. The new partner is, Ellis, an amazing detective, one who puts Sherlock Holmes to shame with his ...
Style: humorous, captivating, dark humor, light, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: track down, disorder, police investigation, murder, odd couple, law enforcement, partners, crime, crimes, deadly, friendship, gang ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money. During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ultimately confronting the criminal responsible for ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, humorous, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, fbi, police investigation, crimes, track down, undercover, investigation, law enforcement, drug dealing, hidden identity, partners against crime, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: egypt, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The Charismatic black nationalist leader Rev Deke O'Malley is trying to sell the people of Harlem a dream. Invest $100 in his company and live in Africa. But cops Gravedigger and Coffin know all about Deke and his fraudulent schemes that take ...
Style: realistic, witty, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: boys' night
Plot: odd couple, crimes, investigation, police investigation, partners against crime, dishonesty, master criminal, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, buddies, partners, black man ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.5
 59K
Showtime (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, fish out of water, reality tv, tv show, partners against crime, misfit partners, reluctant partners, crime, police operation, artists and showbiz, disorder, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.0
 30K
K-9 (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The extravagant cop Michael Dooley needs some help to fight a drug dealer who has tried to kill him. A "friend" gives him a dog named Jerry Lee (Officer Lewis), who has been trained to smell drugs. With his help, Dooley sets out to put his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police dog, dog, german shepherd, police investigation, partners, friends, crimes, buddies, justice, police operation, odd couple, crime ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Another Stakeout (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chris and Bill are called upon for their excellent surveillance record to stakeout a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading or already hiding. Unlike their earlier _Stakeout_, this time they are accompanied by Gina ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: odd couple, police investigation, disorder, fall in love, boss and employee, witnessing a crime, partners, crimes, goofy hero, gangsters, buddies, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 11K
Running Scared (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past.
Style: humorous, witty, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, chase, car chase, friendship, violence, vacation, bar, christmas, airport, undercover cop, police investigation, adventure ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, illinois, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.0
 22K
Men at Work (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two garbage men find the body of a city councilman in a trash can on their route. With help from a supervisor, the duo must solve the case and find the man's killer while hiding the body from the cops.
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, buddies, partners, dishonesty, cons and scams, goofy hero, disorder, amateur detective, justice, brothers, guilty pleasure, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 4.6
 814
Payoff (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two very different cops are forced to work together...
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, partners against crime, buddies, police investigation, law enforcement, police corruption, danger, reluctant partners, crimes, gangsters, murder, buddy cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.2
 27K
Money Talks (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Money Talks is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brett Ratner. Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.
Style: realistic, exciting, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, chase, media, murder, mexican standoff, journalism, partners, law enforcement, buddies, crimes, protagonist as suspect, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.9
 10K
Kuffs (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: George Kuffs didn't finish high-school, just lost his job, and his college-age girlfriend is pregnant. To top it off, George's brother Brad is killed and George inherits Brad's "patrol special" privatized police district and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, vengeance, police investigation, parents and children, family life, pregnancy, police station, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, breaking the fourth wall, family, romance, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, turkey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
On the Other Side of the Tracks (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two mismatched cops team up to investigate the murder of a business mogul's wife.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, biting
Plot: fish out of water, police investigation, odd couple, partners, social differences, disorder, misfit partners, reluctant partners, crimes, law enforcement, crime, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.5
 39K
Taxi (2004)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, not serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: car chase, taxi driver, law enforcement, crimes, partners against crime, disorder, goofy hero, gang, unlikely criminals, working undercover, buddies, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the nation by distributing their wares via the ...
Style: humorous, realistic, feel good, exciting, witty ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: parody, partners against crime, buddies, police, police investigation, cocaine, master criminal, murder, law enforcement, crimes, drug dealing, mad scientist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 125K
Let's Be Cops (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, light ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: investigation, impersonating a police officer, partners against crime, party, police car, mistaken identity, fighting crime, disorder, partners, corruption, male friendship, gang member ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Good Cop, Bad Cop (2006)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of the executive of hockey Benoit Brisset is found on the billboard of the border of Quebec and Ontario, the jurisdiction of the crime is shared between the two police forces and detectives David Bouchard from Montreal and Martin Ward ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, culture clash, master criminal, police, police investigation, partners, danger, cliche, rivalry, psychopath, serial killer, killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, montreal quebec, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
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: realistic, suspenseful, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crimes, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, partners, police corruption, deadly, partners against crime, chases and races, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Cop and a Half (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a pint-sized 8-year-old kid witnesses a murder he offers to help the police, if they make him a cop, too. Saddled with this streetwise sidekick, a hardboiled cop is forced to take his new partner seriously as they race the clock to bring the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, satirical, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: murder, partners against crime, odd couple, witnessing a crime, crimes, children, police investigation, fighting crime, friendship, undercover, police, police shootout ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Armed and Dangerous (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defence lawyer in their new careers... as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption ...
Style: humorous, not serious, witty, exciting, buddy comedy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: corruption, heist, crime, friendship, nothing goes right, witnessing a crime, crimes, partners against crime, comedy of errors, disorder, goofy hero, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 333K
22 Jump Street (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, buddy comedy, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: college, undercover cop, friendship, youth, drug dealing, police investigation, teamwork, working undercover, impersonating, partners against crime, misfit partners, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, new orleans, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.6
 84K
Cop Out (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Detectives Jimmy and Paul, despite nine years as partners, can still sometimes seem like polar opposites – especially when Paul's unpredictable antics get them suspended without pay. Already strapped for cash and trying to pay for his ...
Style: exciting, humorous, not serious, talky, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: robbery, police, thief, undercover cop, wedding, buddies, law enforcement, partners against crime, financial problem, police investigation, wedding preparations and rituals, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 66K
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: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: tough cop, convict, police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, prison, reluctant partners, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, profanity, police officer killed, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Cowboy Way (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar who went missing there.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cowboy, friendship, chase, missing person, outlaw gang, odd couple, fish out of water, disorder, crimes, rivalry, buddies, gunfight ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new mexico, latin america, cuba, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Badges of Fury (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a spate of eerie murders erupts across HK two troub/emaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick Wang and grizzled vet Huang who is fed up with his reckless younger partner always landing them in hot water. Reaching a dead end after ...
Style: rough, semi serious, exciting, realistic, humorous
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, serial killer, danger, rivalry, law enforcement, partners, disorder, deadly, martial arts, renegades, misfit partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 158K
The Heat (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence--and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins, one of Boston P.D.'s "finest," is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, exciting, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: fbi, policewoman, sarcasm, misfit partners, police investigation, friendship, partners against crime, police, drug lord, women, special agents, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.5
 3K
Feds (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Ellie DeWitt and Janis Zuckermann are admitted to the very strict FBI Training Academy. They get a hard course, in which they learn to deal with guns and to recognise crimes. They also get a physical training. It appears that Ellie is a real ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, melancholic, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fbi, odd couple, law enforcement, partners, academy, friendship, police detective, partners against crime, female protagonist, strong female character, unlikely friendships, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 62K
Red Heat (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: culture clash, cold war, police brutality, drug dealer, partners, police, stereotypes, buddy cop, drug cartel, revenge, russian mafia, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1988
Place: usa, russia, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tough-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder. But soon, he realizes he's stumbled onto something much more complicated. Bungling rookie ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, witty, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, gunfight, investigation, car chase, maverick cop, undercover, fish out of water, damsel in distress, smuggling, foot chase, verbal byplay, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: beverly hills, california, detroit, los angeles, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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