Movies like Harsh Times

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Harsh Times (2005)
 6.9
 62K
Harsh Times (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend.
Style: bleak, tense, serious, intense, exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful, bilingual, psychological ...
Plot: unemployment, drinking, corruption, crimes, crime, friends, mad, violence, drugs, friend, lawyer, marijuana, robbery, nightmare, mexican, anger, prostitute, party, theft, lapd, drug use, ex soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, watching a movie, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, mexico, usa, latin america, middle east, colombia, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, intense and suspenseful films with plots about violent, storytelling, redemption, crime, crimes, murder and violence mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Harsh Times: End of Watch (2012), Training Day (2001), Out of the Furnace (2013), Sabotage (2014), Get the Gringo (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, 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: tense, emotional, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, street gang, friendship, latinos, policewoman, fighting crime, police sergeant, profanity, shooting, danger, police investigation, gang war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 70s
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
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100%
 7.7
 382K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: 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: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, lone hero, neo noir, rookie, police brutality, african american, gunfight, profanity, gang, one day, bad cop, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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100%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: justice, disappearance, ex convict, manslaughter, crimes, revenge, vigilantism, track down, fist fighting, loss of parent, financial problem, death of parent ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 80s, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, pennsylvania, indiana, new jersey, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.7
 58K
Sabotage (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug cartel, swat team, police investigation, crime scene, vengeance, brutality, crimes, gory, dishonesty, deadly, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: mexico, georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.0
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Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, thief, gunfight, gang, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, group of criminals, danger, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 106K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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: twists and turns, tense, serious, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, violence, dirty cop, gunfight, police investigation, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, lone hero, undercover cop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, crime, hip hop, coming of age, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 20K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, partners, fighting the system, law enforcement, dishonesty, testimony, crime and punishment, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.1
 44K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, tough law enforcer, cocaine, vigilantism, organized crime, drug cartel, fighting crime, tough heroes, crime, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Dead Presidents (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn". However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, urban ghetto life, vietnam war, militant, redemption, friendship, soldier, mercy killing, post traumatic stress disorder, crimes, crime, civil rights ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, undercover, betrayal, murder, racial slur, working undercover, violence, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 115K
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, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, drug lord, gunfight, dishonesty, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, robbery, danger, betrayal, ex convict, criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 73K
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, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 31K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, gangsters, gang, chase, friendship, drug dealing, betrayal, crimes, crime, addiction, rise and fall, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Boiling Point (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, murder, investigation, prison, crimes, crime, redemption, working undercover, master criminal, vengeance, loss of partner, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 43K
The Hunted (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the wilderness of British Columbia, two hunters are tracked and viciously murdered by Aaron Hallum. Former Special Operations instructor, L.T. Bonham is approached and asked to apprehend Hallum, his former student, who has 'gone rogue' ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, chase, swat team, murder, haunted by the past, violence, maniac, fbi, combat, dark past, ex soldier, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: oregon, kosovo, usa, former yugoslavia, balkan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 125K
16 Blocks (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse, but they find themselves running the gauntlet as other forces try to prevent them from getting there.
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, police corruption, race against time, convict, testimony, crime, crimes, reluctant partners, witnessing a crime, deal, dishonesty, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 95K
The Counselor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Style: cynical, talky, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cocaine, femme fatale, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, nihilism, danger, drug smuggling, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, el paso texas, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.9
 14K
Set It Off (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: heist, single parent, friendship, ghetto, bank robber, crimes, crime, gays and lesbians, dishonesty, buddies, social differences, city life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.7
 204K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, organized crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, crimes, corruption, police detective, mafia, police brutality, fighting crime, partners, partners against crime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 24K
Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, police brutality, police, crime, crimes, partners, gang war, gunfight, chase, nudity (full frontal - brief), mexican american ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 64K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, murder, police corruption, violence, betrayal, crimes, crime, law enforcement, dirty cop, corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, tel aviv israel, atlanta georgia, boston, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 29K
The Salton Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her ...
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: methamphetamine, drug abuse, neo noir, violence, drug lord, death of wife, vengeance, crimes, crime, double life, working undercover, nothing to lose ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.1
 10K
One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, criminal heroes, neo noir, on the run, femme fatale, chases and races, dishonesty, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, arkansas, texas, louisiana, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 167K
Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: anger, losing-it hero, depression, birthday, traffic jam, layoff, violence, midlife crisis, desperation, rage, alienation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 50K
Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, crime, casino, lone wolves, dishonesty, betrayal, violence, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 23K
Juice (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, urban ghetto life, gang, coming of age, friendship, murder, crime gone awry, violence, rivalry, ambition, basketball, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 100K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, intense ...
Plot: on the run, hitman, gangsters, murder, manhunt, haunted by the past, crimes, crime, revenge, parents and children, criminal heroes, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.7
 58K
The Brave One (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, twists and turns, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, vengeance, loss of loved one, corpse, crimes, crime, tragic event, suspicion, evidence, injury, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 7K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, crime, drug dealing, wall street, cons and scams, criminal heroes, going straight, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, miami, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%