Movies like The Hard Way

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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: serial killer, police investigation, crime, amateur detective, odd couple, fish out of water, friendship, law enforcement, actor's life, deadly, partners against crime, undercover agent, dual identity, elevator, movie star, buddy cop, film within a film, undercover cop, justice, crimes, 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, entertaining and exciting films with plots about police investigation, crimes, partners, police, chase, catastrophe and culture clash mostly in Crime, Comedy and Action genres. Some movies like The Hard Way: Bulletproof (1996), Loose Cannons (1990), A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), Hollywood Homicide (2003), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 33K
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, crime, working undercover, criminal heroes, friendship, hidden identity, crimes, undercover cop, betrayal ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, entertaining, absurd, light ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: disorder, track down, police investigation, murder, law enforcement, partners, friendship, crime, odd couple, investigation, gang, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, track down, undercover, crimes, investigation, law enforcement, disorder, master criminal, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: egypt, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, partners against crime, reluctant partners, hollywood, law enforcement, crimes, odd couple, chase, foot chase, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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, humorous, semi serious, witty, offbeat
Audience: boys' night
Plot: odd couple, investigation, police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, partners, buddies, master criminal, dishonesty, law enforcement, black cop ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.5
 58K
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: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, fish out of water, reality tv, reluctant partners, misfit partners, partners against crime, tv show, crime, police operation, odd couple, artists and showbiz, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 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: dog, german shepherd, police dog, police investigation, friends, partners, buddies, police operation, odd couple, justice, crime, buddy cop ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.0
 21K
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, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, goofy hero, cons and scams, partners, dishonesty, buddies, disorder, justice, brothers, guilty pleasure, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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, realistic, suspenseful, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: odd couple, police investigation, disorder, fall in love, buddies, law enforcement, partners, boss and employee, witnessing a crime, crimes, gangsters, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, chase, car chase, friendship, violence, bar, christmas, vacation, airport, undercover cop, police investigation, verbal byplay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, illinois, usa, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.9
 9K
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, family, romance, tough law enforcer, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, turkey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.5
 38K
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, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: car chase, taxi driver, police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, law enforcement, odd couple, heist, gang, working undercover, goofy hero, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.6
 82K
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, talky, not serious, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: robbery, police, thief, undercover cop, wedding, partners against crime, financial problem, buddies, law enforcement, police investigation, wedding preparations and rituals, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, tense, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, reluctant partners, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, chases and races, police corruption, partners, law enforcement, deadly, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 64K
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, suspenseful, humorous, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: tough cop, convict, police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, prison, law enforcement, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, police officer killed, crime, knife ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ 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, witnessing a crime, nothing goes right, partners against crime, master criminal, disorder, partners, parody, odd couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: norway, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 122K
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, exciting, not serious, light, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: investigation, impersonating a police officer, partners against crime, party, disorder, partners, fighting crime, mistaken identity, corruption, male friendship, gang member, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, feel good, exciting, witty, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: parody, partners against crime, buddies, police, police investigation, cocaine, master criminal, murder, crimes, law enforcement, drug dealing, mad scientist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 26K
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: exciting, realistic, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, chase, media, murder, mexican standoff, journalism, partners, chases and races, crimes, protagonist as suspect, buddies, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, semi serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, culture clash, serial killer, killer, police, master criminal, police investigation, crime, misfit partners, chases and races, partners against crime, reluctant partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, montreal quebec, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, clever ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gunfight, police, investigation, car chase, maverick cop, undercover, fish out of water, smuggling, damsel in distress, foot chase, verbal byplay, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: beverly hills, los angeles, california, detroit, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Detroit cop, Axel Foley heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, gunfight, car chase, violence, heist, arms smuggling, shooting range, armored car, oil field, explosion, buddy cop, swimming pool ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: beverly hills, los angeles, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.1
 5K
Brannigan (1975)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition but when he arrives he has been kidnapped which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan in his American Irish way brings American law to the people of ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, culture clash, extradition, fish out of water, on the run, crime, gangsters, police investigation, frame up, reluctant partners, chases and races, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, scotland yard, london, scotland, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 5.4
 1K
Fuzz (1972)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, survival, blackmail, crime, law enforcement, undercover, buddies, partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 155K
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, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: policewoman, fbi, misfit partners, friendship, sarcasm, police, police investigation, drug lord, partners against crime, women, special agents, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.1
 60K
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, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: culture clash, cold war, police brutality, drug dealer, partners, police, stereotypes, buddy cop, soviet, revenge, russian mafia, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century
Place: usa, russia, ussr, moscow russia, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, odd couple, fish out of water, crimes, rivalry, buddies, disorder, gunfight, outlaw gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new mexico, usa, cuba, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Back in sunny southern California and on the trail of two murderers, Axel Foley again teams up with LA cop Billy Rosewood. Soon, they discover that an amusement park is being used as a front for a massive counterfeiting ring – and it's run by ...
Style: buddy comedy, clever, witty, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: police investigation, car chase, theme park, gunfight, violence, investigation, secret service, foot chase, undercover, dirty cop, rescue, explosion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: beverly hills, los angeles, usa, california, detroit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 324K
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, buddy comedy, witty, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: college, undercover cop, friendship, parody, undercover, arrest, drug dealing, dimwit, youth, police investigation, high school, young man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: campus, usa, mexico, new orleans, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 225K
The Other Guys (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: NYPD detectives Christopher Danson (Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos, other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit detectives Allen Gamble ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, cynical, funny, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: stupidity, police investigation, parody, partners against crime, misfit partners, reluctant partners, farce, odd couple, verbal byplay, goofy hero, disorder, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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