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John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the hospital puts his son's name on the donor's list.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, emotional, tense, realistic, sincere, rough, thought provoking, surprise ending ...
Plot: hostages, hospital, kidnapping, insurance, factory worker, surgery, police chief, financial problem, family in crisis, fighting the system, crime, parent child relationship, heart disease, heart attack, injustice, chases and races, life is a bitch, confined, crimes, rebellion, society, family relations, power relations, race against time, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois

Most similar movies to John Q

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, crime, police investigation, corruption, murder, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like John Q: Nick of Time (1995), 12 Hours to Live (2006), Towards Darkness (2007), Training Day (2001), Inside Man (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.3
 36K
Nick of Time (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: kidnapping, assassination, neo noir, race against time, politics, train station, danger, rescue, lobbyist, mexican standoff, accountant, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
12 Hours to Live (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Eighteen-year-old Amy is having a bad day. Not only has she been kidnapped by a deranged gunman, but as a diabetic without her insulin, her chances of survival are diminishing with each tick of the clock. FBI agent Megan Saunders isn't walking ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime, hostages, race against time, woman in danger, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger, law enforcement, police investigation, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Towards Darkness (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Deals with 90 minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team, and a man in charge of delivering the ransom money all feel as they rush to save him.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, crime, crime gone awry, daring rescue, race against time, terrorism, missing person, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.7
 344K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
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, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, rookie, mentor, russian mafia, drug dealer, gang member, crime, frame up, cocaine, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 7.6
 303K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: mind bending, clever, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: heist, master criminal, hostages, police detective, bank, mysterious character, crime, perfect crime, manipulations, bank robbery, crimes, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, crime, politics, obsession, crimes, danger, corruption, chase, state affairs, fighting the system, conspiracy theory, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.2
 18K
Mad City (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A misguided museum guard who loses his job and then tries to get it back at gunpoint is thrown into the fierce world of ratings-driven TV gone mad.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, dark humor, clever ...
Plot: museum, media, journalism, hostages, journalist, workplace intrigue, politics, fighting the system, crimes, investigation, injustice, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.5
 325K
Collateral (2004)
Genre: 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, clever, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: taxi driver, hitman, hostages, crime, killings, corpse, death, anti heroes, assassin, fbi, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 6.6
 100K
Hostage (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Style: suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, small town, hostage negotiator, fbi, police chief, one man army, police operation, hostage situation, home invasion, crime gone awry, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.5
 189
Final Sale (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A woman undergoes an illegal organ transplant only to discover that the young girl who donated the kidney died during the operation. Determined to stop this heinous activity, but torn by the moral dilemma of being saved by it, she fights against her ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: hospital, transplant, law enforcement, gang, moral dilemma, couple relations, terminal illness, police investigation, crimes, unfulfillment, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.7
 297K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, psychological, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, daring rescue, vigilantism, friendship, danger, lone hero, mercenary, bodyguard, diary, cia, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
 230K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostages, mind game, crime, urban, psychopath, crimes, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, infidelity, redemption, sniper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: neo noir, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, sibling rivalry, hospital, office, jewelry store, crime, robbery, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 207K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: redemption, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, surgery, death in the family, desperation, crimes, guilt, vengeance, death, family problems, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Albino Alligator (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, dark humor, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, siege, police, bar, gun, crime, crime gone awry, mistaken identity, hostages, neo noir, heist, sibling relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, stock market, ransom, bribery, helicopter, mayor, tunnel, crime, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.4
 158K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, lawyer, courtroom, judge, homecoming, murder, hotshot lawyer, parents and children, parent child relationship, courtroom drama, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.6
 15K
No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed ...
Style: sadistic, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: home invasion, sociopath, blood, hostage, deadly, killer, serial killer, family in danger, crime, confined, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.2
 21K
Trapped (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, maniac, psychopath, crime, telephone, confined, crimes, danger, race against time, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Pride and Glory (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: moral dilemma, police, police corruption, police investigation, crime, murder, dishonesty, cover up, uncover truth, betrayal, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 1K
The Bastards (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, France, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily routine, standing on the corner at the Home Improvement Store ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: hostages, crime, realism, immigrants, violence spree, social differences, suburbs, confined, crimes, danger, deadly, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: touching, sincere, road movie, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, manhunt, fugitives, friendship, criminal heroes, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, runaway, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 4K
Rabid Dogs (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean getaway.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, road movie ...
Plot: kidnapping, gang, on the road, slasher, getaway car, rape, robbery, hospital, terrorism, killer, missing person, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, italy, southern italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 5.4
 615
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, injustice, rebellion, friendship, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, crime, sexual abuse, prison life, racism, social decay, righting the wronged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 6K
Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, anti semitism, court, war crime, dedicated lawyer, immigrants, daughter, court case, uncover truth, parents and children, racism, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, budapest hungary, hungary, chicago illinois, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Extreme Measures (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, investigation, doctor, emergency room, medical research, frame up, uncover truth, morgue, british, surgeon, murder, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A horror film based on a real-life mass murder that took place in 1966. Richard Franklin Speck was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, hostages, slasher, violence spree, crime, sexual abuse, psychopath, confined, crimes, deadly, serial killer, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: usa, dallas texas, chicago illinois, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: 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, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 84K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: clever, serious, stylized, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, jury, lawyer, courtroom, corruption, bribery, lawsuit, judge, trial, righting the wronged, legal, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 53K
Firewall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: State-of-the-art security system creator, Jack Stanfield has cemented his reputation as a man who's thought of everything. But when a criminal finds a way into Jack's personal life, everything Jack holds dear is suddenly at stake.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: blackmail, kidnapping, bank, rescue, technology, architect, hostages, family in danger, crime, computer hacker, hacker, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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