Movies like Life Without Principle

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Life Without Principle
Original name: 奪命金
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A criminal, a bank clerk and a police officer find their destinies entwined when a loan shark gets assaulted after having withdrawn $10 million from the bank in the midst of the world financial crisis.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human nature, crime, down on your luck, crimes, disorder, moral dilemma, hitman, life turned upside down, danger, life is a bitch, loan, honest law enforcer, step siblings, stock market crash, financial crisis, risk, gas, kidnapping, stock market, bank, murder, stabbed in the chest, death, elevator, money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
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A Prophet
Crime, Drama
France, Italy
155 min.
 7.9
Metro Manila
Crime, Drama
UK, Philippines
115 min.
 7.6
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Most similar movies to Life Without Principle

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, violence, murder, rivalry, gangsters and danger mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Life Without Principle: Headshot (2011), Ginostra (2002), Cop on a Mission (2001), Metro Manila (2013), Breathless (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Headshot
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.
Style: atmospheric, serious, rough, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, neo noir, vengeance, frame up, life turned upside down, hitman, crimes, disorder, chase, chases and races, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, thailand
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 4.5
 665
Ginostra
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An FBI Agent from America and his bride and young child travel to the Sicilian island of Ginostra to solve the murder of a key witness.
Style: serious, gloomy, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: special agents, crime, investigation, murder, island, crimes, mystery, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, orphan, witnessing a crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, sicily, italy
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System:   60%
    User:   60%
 
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Cop on a Mission
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mike, a cop who is becoming increasingly frustrated with his tiresome job with little benefits, whilst the criminals live a life of luxury. He is offered a undercover job to infiltrate a Triad gang led by Boss Tin. Mike slowly becomes engrossed in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, bank, crime, gang, gangsters, heist, working undercover, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   59%
 
 7.6
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Metro Manila
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Philippines
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: heist, crime, crimes, dishonesty, urban, partners, power relations, security guard, against the rules, innocence lost, teaching the ways of the world, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   42%
 
 7.6
 4K
Breathless
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Sang-hoon is a lowlife gangster, a debt collector exercising thuggish ways to collect his money. The recipient of nothing but anger since his childhood, he expresses himself through violence. When he finally encounters someone who can stand up to ...
Style: serious, rough, emotional, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, going straight, starting over, urban, self discovery, crimes, hopes, friends, gangsters, redemption, friendship, hitman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   50%
 
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Dragon Squad
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A team of Interpol agents arrive in the city to testify against a local crime lord. However on the way to court the vehicle carrying the Triad boss is attacked and the crime lord snatched, not by his own people but by another foe.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, martial arts, interpol, gangsters, crime, master criminal, special agents, tough heroes, sniper, chases and races, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   57%
 
 7.1
 33K
The Protector
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, USA, Hong Kong, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, chase, kung fu, violence, revenge, fight scenes, sword fight, blood, vengeance, brutality, master warrior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, asia, hong kong, china, sydney australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   40%
 
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Election
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A drama-thriller centered on a democratic election within an organized crime society.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes, rivalry, ego clash, organized crime, rise to the top, uninhibited rivalry, hoodlum, election ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   55%
 
 7.3
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Protégé
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Undercover officer Nick had spent the last seven years penetrating into the core of a drug ring working his way up from a street dealer post to the managerial position handling cargo deliveries for Kwan - the biggest player in the local heroin ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: drugs/alcohol, crime, drug dealing, drug abuse, working undercover, crimes, undercover, dishonesty, life is a bitch, addiction, law enforcement, mole ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   56%
 
6th Commandment Cross
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Meet Leonard, a man who will help you die with a smile on your face. A young attorney meets his client for the first time, a serial killer known as the "Smiley Face Killer", whose victims all died with a smile on their faces.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, crimes, deadly, danger, euthanasia, mercy killing, lawyer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   47%
 
Fulltime Killer
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin; hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's ...
Style: stylized, tense, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crime, gunfight, brutality, violence, dark hero, assassin, stylish, assassins, death, violent, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, macau, malaysia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   53%
 
Eye in the Sky
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The head of an elite Hong Kong surveillance unit (Simon Yam) keeps one eye on his rookie apprentice (Kate Tsui) and the other on a notorious criminal (Tony Leung Ka Fai) he suspects of masterminding a recent jewel heist in this tense thriller from ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police investigation, fighting crime, track down, heist, crimes, master criminal, law enforcement, criminal heroes, gang, undercover, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   42%
 
 7.5
 4K
The Mission
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Triad boss Lung (Eddy Ko), who has just escaped being killed in an assassination attempt hires the killers Curtis (Anthony Wong), James (Lam Suet), Mike (Roy Cheung), Roy (Francis Ng) and Shin (Jackie Lui) for his protection.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, criminal's revenge, gangsters, master criminal, assassination attempt, friendship, forbidden love, hitman, criminal heroes, crimes, betrayal, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   48%
 
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A Single Shot
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood.
Style: atmospheric, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, crimes, danger, human nature, container, poacher, hunting rifle, trailer, accidental death, wilderness, pickup truck, shotgun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   46%
 
 7.6
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New World
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, undercover cop, betrayal, police, organized crime, gangster, mob, mafia, violent, twists & turns, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   33%
 
 7.9
 86K
A Prophet
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, gangsters, mafia, corruption, french, brutality, organized crime, violence, islam, friendship, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
 6.9
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PTU
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime, martial arts, neo noir, gang, master criminal, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, race against time, track down, murder, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   36%
 
Hollywood Flies
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Life is the buzz.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, crime, on the road, nothing goes right, hostages, desert, mystery, chase, crime gone awry, on the run, cons and scams, heist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, los angeles, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   43%
 
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 6.8
 5K
Crime Story
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, police investigation, police corruption, kung fu, police, corruption, crime, fight scenes, violent, master criminal, drinking ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
 7.7
 57K
Cell 211
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, survival, rebellion, murder, hidden identity, corruption, twists & turns, unlikely partners, brutality, violence, mentor, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   32%
 
 5.9
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Divergence
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A cop, a lawyer, and an assassin cross paths after the murder of a federal witness and the kidnapping of a famous pop star.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, master criminal, partners against crime, murder, tough law enforcer, police corruption, hitman, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
 7.1
 126K
The Drop
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, realistic, clever, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, organized crime, crime gone awry, robbery, hitman, gangster, violence, bar, murder, death, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, new york, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
Infernal Affairs 2
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China, Singapore
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, murder, vengeance, undercover, gangster, mind game, undercover cop, mentor, working undercover, police station, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   31%
 
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One Nite in Mongkok
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, gang, crime, gangsters, on the run, murder, vengeance, hitman, crimes, prostitute, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   30%
 
Killing Them Softly
Genre: Crime, Drama, News, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: talky, cynical, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crime, gangsters, robbery, crime gone awry, gambling, murder, poker, organized crime, drugs/alcohol, mafia, gangster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2008
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   37%
 
Swallowtail Butterfly
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Swallowtail Butterfly takes place in an alternate Japan, in a ghetto where immigrants from all over the world have come to live and make their fortune. The city is called Yentown, and it is much like Tokyo. Sixteen-year-old Ageha (Ito), a young girl ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, immigrants, crime, crimes, nightclub, criminal's revenge, urban ghetto, gang, gangsters, orphan, crime gone awry, forgery ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   30%
 
Infernal Affairs 3
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Infernal Affairs III is a 2003 Hong Kong crime thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is the third installment in the Infernal Affairs film series, and is both a sequel and a semi-prequel to the original film, as it intercuts events ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: working undercover, crime, police investigation, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover, gang, gangsters, hidden identity, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
A Hero Never Dies
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There ...
Style: serious, rough, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti heroes, gory, martial arts, crime, buddies, criminal's revenge, gang, gangsters, master criminal, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   28%
 

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 7.3
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The Yellow Sea
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, gory, on the run, chases and races, life is a bitch, crimes, danger, chase, mahjong, violence, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   38%
 
 7.5
 879
The Fixer
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Story: The Fixer is a British drama television series, produced by Kudos for ITV. Set in modern Britain, it follows the life of John Mercer, an ex-British Special Forces soldier, arrested by police for killing his aunt and uncle following his discovery of ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: assassination, crime, working undercover, realism, hitman, crimes, undercover, deadly, chases and races, danger, partners, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   36%
 
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