Movies like The Equalizer

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The Equalizer (2014)
 7.2
 297K
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, exciting, tense, rough, suspenseful, suspense, stylized, brutal, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, lone hero, fighting crime, vigilantism, lone wolves, vigilante, heroes, gunfight, corruption, tough heroes, righting the wronged, organized crime, crime, gory, brutality, loner, call girl, blood, violence, vengeance, hitman, cia, assassin, surveillance, russian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, moscow russia, russia

Most similar movies to The Equalizer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and exciting films with plots about murder, blood, violence, betrayal, revenge, death and chase mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: John Wick (2014), Man on Fire (2004), The Punisher (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The November Man (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 422K
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: serious, stylized, exciting, rough, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, dark hero, criminal's revenge, gangsters, vigilante, russian mafia, righteous rage, violence spree, crimes, widower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 305K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico
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: tense, rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, lone hero, vengeance, daring rescue, friendship, mercenary, vigilantism, diary, cia, danger, warrior, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 100K
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: surprise ending, suspense, ambiguous ending
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, hurricane, gang, martial arts, drug dealer, cia, murder, massacre, revenge, violence, sniper ...
Time: 2010s
Place: brussels belgium, washington d.c., istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 141K
The Punisher (2004)
Genre: Action, 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, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, tough law enforcer, vengeance, tough heroes, crimes, tragic hero, superhero, funeral, lone wolves, rage, faked death, fighting crime ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, exciting, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, journey, danger, martial arts, warrior, mentor, peril, squad, organized crime, massacre, duel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 20th century, 2000s
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: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cia, secret agents, undercover, danger, save the day, agent, heroes, spy, dishonesty, law enforcement, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, moscow russia, chechnya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 47K
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, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, bodyguard, gangsters, crime, casino, tough heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: exciting, tense, brutal, serious, suspense ...
Plot: gunfight, assassin, chase, criminal's revenge, crimes, shooting, danger, car chase, one man army, murder, violence, vengeance ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, north africa, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Bullet to the Head (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Style: rough, exciting, suspenseful, brutal, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, hitman, corruption, violence, heroes, partners, tough heroes, crimes, danger, vigilantism, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 95K
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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, organized crime, chase, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, fist fighting, gangsters, car chase, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, ransom, mind game, master criminal, crimes, save the day, crime, danger, financial driven terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: tense, exciting, twists and turns, surprise ending, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hitman, criminal's revenge, killer, murder, mechanic, shooting, revenge, gunfight, assassination, betrayal, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, sydney australia, rio de janeiro, cambodia, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 104K
Parker (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: heist, crimes, robbery, crime, betrayal, jewel robbery, cons and scams, fight scenes, thief, money, blood, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, miami, chicago illinois, kentucky ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Exterminator (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, revenge, vigilante, violence, chase, murder, police investigation, vengeance, gory, deadly, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ 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: exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: martial arts, one man army, gory, danger, rivalry, crimes, save the day, gangsters, gang, deadly, heroes, hand to hand combat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
 103K
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: stylized, realistic, epic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, warrior, martial arts, organized crime, gunfight, police corruption, violence, gangsters, death, gang war, mob boss, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.4
 5K
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: violence, vengeance, drugs/alcohol, young heroes, vigilantism, girls with guns, betrayal, haunted by the past, organized crime, female killer, mentor, blood ...
Time: near future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 281K
Jack Reacher (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: loner, sniper, murder, drifter, investigation, ex military, lone wolves, crimes, vigilantism, conspiracy, false accusation, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 5.1
 4K
The Package (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A courier for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, crime lord, crimes, danger, tough heroes, chases and races, organized crime, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, deception, hostage, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 98K
Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, tense, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protector, small town, ex law enforcer, sheriff, crimes, tough heroes, drug dealer, martial arts, crime, methamphetamine, car chase, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.7
 7K
Skin Trade (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand, Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, sex slave, sex slavery, human trafficking, tough law enforcer, crime, gangsters, police investigation, tough heroes, rivalry, vengeance, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, usa, asia, cambodia, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Marked for Death (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican drug ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, drug dealing, murder, danger, vengeance, lone hero, gangsters, crime, family, against the odds, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa, colombia, latin america, chicago illinois, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 181K
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, dark humor, brutal, harsh, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, corruption, machete, immigrants, betrayal, racist, racial slur, machismo, nurse, gunfight, political corruption, senator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 13K
6 Bullets (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, kidnapping, tough heroes, daring rescue, crime, crimes, missing child, tough guy, organized crime, father son relationship, martial arts, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 267K
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
Plot: car chase, one man army, chases and races, lone hero, chase, danger, smuggling, delivery, tough heroes, fist fighting, escapades, ex military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, riviera, saint tropez ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 220K
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, exciting, semi serious, humorous, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, tough heroes, vengeance, assassin, car chase, one man army, gory, crime, race against time, danger, fist fighting, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
One in the Chamber (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, hitman, danger, deadly, chases and races, drugs/alcohol, violence spree, criminal heroes, crimes, bullet, blood splatter, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: prague, europe, prague czech republic, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 93K
Faster (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has spent the last 10 years in prison planning revenge for the murder of his brother. Now that Driver is free to carry out his deadly plan only two men stand in his way- Billy Bob Thornton plays a veteran cop and Oliver ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, tough heroes, ex convict, policewoman, corruption, crime, law enforcement, prisoner, revenge, hitman, millionaire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 194K
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, mob boss, organized crime, corruption, mafia, police brutality, crimes, fighting crime, partners, squad, law enforcement, power struggle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Out for a Kill (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, prison, murder, martial arts, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, vengeance, gangsters, rivalry, dishonesty, deadly, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, hong kong, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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