Movies like The Equalizer

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The Equalizer (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
Style: serious, suspense, exciting, rough, suspenseful, tense, stylized, brutal, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, fighting crime, lone wolves, vigilante, righting the wronged, corruption, tough heroes, lone hero, vigilantism, heroes, organized crime, crime, cia, gory, gunfight, brutality, vengeance, blood, violence, mysterious character, hitman, assassin, surveillance, crimes, russian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, moscow russia, russia

Most similar movies to The Equalizer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, exciting and serious films with plots about violence, murder, brutality, blood, revenge, gunfight and chase mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: John Wick (2014), Man on Fire (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The November Man (2014), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.3
 398K
John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, crimes, revenge, assassin, violence, dog, righteous rage, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 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 ⇓
77%
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: dark humor, rough, serious, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, martial arts, danger, journey, master warrior, mentor, organized crime, one man army, squad, swords and armor, team, pride and honor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, japan, pasadena california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The November Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex- CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, espionage, cia, undercover, drugs/alcohol, hitman, agent, retired, save the day, tough heroes, danger, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, chechnya, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 ⇓
100%
 6.5
 138K
The Punisher (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When undercover FBI agent Frank Castle's wife and son are slaughtered, he becomes 'the Punisher' -- a ruthless vigilante willing to go to any length to avenge his family.
Style: serious, stylized, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, tough law enforcer, vengeance, funeral, tough heroes, superhero, crimes, heroes, tragic hero, torment, loss of child, rage ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, gang, daring rescue, missing child, fist fighting, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, martial arts, heroes, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 45K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, crimes, bodyguard, casino, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, hitman, tough heroes, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Robert McCall returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice -- but how far will he go when it's someone he loves?
Style: ambiguous ending, surprise ending, suspense
Plot: violence, hurricane, gang, martial arts, drug dealer, cia, hostage, kidnapping, massacre, revenge, murder, rape ...
Time: 2010s
Place: brussels belgium, washington d.c., turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, tense, surprise ending, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, criminal's revenge, chase, murder, killer, mechanic, shooting, revenge, gunfight, betrayal, blood, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, rio de janeiro, malaysia, thailand, sydney australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 93K
Safe (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a former elite agent rescues a 12-year-old Chinese girl who's been abducted, they find themselves in the middle of a standoff between Triads, the Russian Mafia and high-level corrupt New York City politicians and police.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, lone wolves, car chase, chase, mentor, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 100K
The Raid 2 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover ...
Style: realistic, stylized, epic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, gangsters, warrior, martial arts, violence, one man army, rivalry, prison, organized crime, gunfight, police, outnumbered ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 216K
Crank (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, exciting, humorous, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, tough heroes, vengeance, assassin, car chase, lone hero, one man army, gory, race against time, gangsters, crime, fist fighting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 262K
The Transporter (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, marseille provence, saint tropez ...
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Kite (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa, a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa's mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: violence, drugs/alcohol, vengeance, young heroes, girls with guns, vigilantism, tough girl, female killer, haunted by the past, betrayal, organized crime, woman kills a man ...
Time: near future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 102K
Parker (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crimes, robbery, heist, jewel robbery, betrayal, fight scenes, criminal's revenge, cons and scams, tough heroes, car chase, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, chicago illinois, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.7
 3K
A Good Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: martial arts, one man army, gangsters, gory, crimes, rivalry, gang, save the day, danger, deadly, heroes, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 95K
Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his action against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his boss' son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9-years-old daughter,Maddy. He decides to ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protector, small town, crimes, crime, ex law enforcer, tough heroes, gunfight, car chase, drug dealer, martial arts, sheriff, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 6.6
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Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, police, gangsters, rescue, crimes, vigilante, urban, violence, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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25%
 7.8
 526K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, one man army, vigilantism, chase, rescue, daring rescue, danger, car chase, young woman, track down, human trafficking, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 138K
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
Style: stylized, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone wolves, prostitute, chase, violence, deadly, heroes, heavy metal, blood, gunfight, baby, one man army, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, surreal, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crime, social decay, crimes, justice, loss of loved one, urban, tough heroes, stripper, corruption, gory, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 79K
War (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: FBI agent Jack Crawford is out for revenge when his partner is killed and all clues point to the mysterious assassin Rogue. But when Rogue turns up years later to take care of some unfinished business, he triggers a violent clash of rival gangs. ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, martial arts, fbi, hitman, revenge, stripper, presumed dead, sniper, loss of friend, horse, crime, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 6.6
 178K
Machete (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
Style: stylized, not serious, humorous, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: machete, mercenary, betrayal, corruption, gory, political corruption, priest, vengeance, senator, sniper, drug lord, nurse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: texas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Skillfully framed by an unknown enemy for the murder of a priest, wanted vigilante MacManus brothers Murphy and Connor must come out of hiding on a sheep farm in Ireland to fight for justice in Boston.
Style: serious, rough, stylized, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, revenge, irish, sheep, friendship, murder, crime, priest, murderous pair, violence spree, siblings relations, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s
Place: boston, ireland, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 9.0
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The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, organized crime, master villain, double life, heroes, good versus evil, rivalry, moral dilemma, psychopath, chaos, loss of loved one ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 63K
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the ...
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, martial arts, ninja, assassin, revenge, assassination, gory, haunted by the past, vengeance, punishment, crime, master warrior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, china, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.4
 3K
The Hitman (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After surviving an attempt on his life by his former partner, officer Cliff Garrett (Norris) exacts revenge on those who wronged him by going undercover as a hit man. He works to gain the reputation and trust needed in order to be accepted by the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, martial arts, special agents, fighting crime, one man army, undercover cop, mafia, revenge, paranoia, betrayal, undercover, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 151K
Hitman (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant. A genetically engineered assassin with deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47" eliminates strategic ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, interpol, one man army, cia, sniper, fist fighting, assassination, chases and races, funeral, swat, killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, moscow russia, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 176K
2 Guns (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.
Style: exciting, semi serious, realistic, humorous, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, bank robbery, money, betrayal, heist, corruption, undercover agent, cia, organized crime, investigation, on the run, helicopter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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