Movies like The Equalizer

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The Equalizer (2014)
 7.2
 363K
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: exciting, serious, brutal, tense, rough, stylized, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, vigilante, lone hero, vigilantism, fighting crime, tough heroes, loner, hitman, gunfight, black ops, lone wolves, hostage, heroes, ex soldier, cia, tough guy, warrior, assassin, corruption, violence, righting the wronged, crimes, mysterious character, one against many, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, moscow russia, russia

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Most similar movies to The Equalizer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, realistic, suspenseful and serious films with plots about revenge, brutality, murder, violence, gun, vengeance and betrayal mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: John Wick (2014), Man on Fire (2004), Jack Reacher (2012), The Punisher (2004), Taken (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: suspense, surprise ending, ambiguous ending, neo noir
Plot: revenge, one against many, cia, warrior, ex military, loner, tough guy, murder, vigilantism, rape, hostage, kidnapping ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, europe, north america, brussels, istanbul turkey ...
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 7.4
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John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, China
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, rough, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, lone hero, tough guy, vigilante, gunfight, dark hero, chase, gangsters, criminal's revenge, crime boss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.7
 356K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Switzerland
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, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, kidnapping, vengeance, justice, mercenary, revenge, bodyguard, child abduction, vigilantism, cia, vigilante, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.0
 333K
Jack Reacher (2012)
Genre: Action, Mystery, 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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: investigation, ex military, loner, sniper, lone wolves, murder, tough guy, crimes, dishonesty, drifter, frame up, female partner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, pennsylvania, ohio, baghdad iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, vengeance, vigilante, vigilantism, tough guy, tragic hero, lone hero, tough law enforcer, torment, tough heroes, lone wolves, crimes ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, virginia, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.8
 593K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 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: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, chase, dark hero, vigilantism, human trafficking, abduction, lone hero, child abduction, woman in danger, tough heroes, car chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, north america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, assassin, super soldier, murder, mission, killer, crimes, secret identity, bodyguard, track down, assassination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: berlin germany, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous ...
Style: suspense, tense, bloody, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, lone hero, one against many, tough guy, warrior, bounty hunter, assassin, woman fights a man, dark hero, manhunt, weapons, one man army ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, brutal, emotional, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, martial arts, lone hero, assassin, revenge, master warrior, protection, crimes, rivalry, drugs, kidnapping, fight scenes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.2
 168K
Hitman (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hitman, one man army, killer, sniper, fight scenes, cia, assassination, fistfight, interpol, secret identity, crimes, computer game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ussr, russia, st. petersburg russia, nigeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 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, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, tough guy, vengeance, murder, assassin, rescue, crimes, martial arts, dark hero, chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sahara, grand central station manhattan new york city, morocco, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.7
 221K
Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cia, gunfight, espionage, cia agent, mercenary, on the run, secret agents, fistfight, corruption, secret service, betrayal, who to trust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.3
 288K
The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: lone hero, accountant, autism, sniper, justice, mathematics, money laundering, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, assassin, criminal ...
Time: year 2010, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006 ...
Place: new york, germany, new hampshire, illinois, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 6.5
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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, exciting, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: protector, father daughter relationship, single father, ex law enforcer, tough heroes, bully, chase, crimes, single parent, drug dealer, martial arts, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 8.5
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The Punisher (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
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Story: A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Style: brutal, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilante, justice, violence, vengeance, one man army, vigilantism, fight scenes, gunfight, murder, revenge, superhero, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.5
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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, serious, suspenseful, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, ex military, chase, protector, gunfight, on the run, one man army, organized crime, bodyguard, tough heroes, tough guy, child abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, north america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
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The Mechanic (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, chase, lone hero, loner, tough guy, martial arts, assassin, mentor, boat, deception, revenge, training ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, chicago illinois, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 222K
Nobody (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a "nobody." When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch's unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark ...
Style: suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, brutal, psychotronic ...
Plot: home invasion, one against many, martial arts, vengeance, russian mafia, assassin, gangsters, crimes, double life, tough guy, family relations, crime boss ...
Time: 2020s
Place: usa, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Peppermint (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A grieving mother transforms herself into a vigilante following the murders of her husband and daughter, eluding the authorities to deliver her own personal brand of justice.
Style: exciting, brutal, rough, suspense, neo noir ...
Plot: vigilante, justice, drug cartel, corruption, loss of child, one woman army, police corruption, murder, fighting the system, female martial artist, revenge killing, female protagonist ...
Time: year 2012, year 2017, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, murder, fighting the system, vigilantism, prison, mind game, injustice, perfect crime, outsmarting, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The November Man (2014)
Genre: Action, 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, twists and turns, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, secret agents, espionage, undercover, save the day, heroes, secret service, conspiracy, spy, dishonesty, law enforcement, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2008, 2010s, 2000s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, moscow russia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Bulgaria, Germany
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, killer, lone hero, chase, tough guy, fight scenes, criminal's revenge, lone wolves, assassin, crimes, murder, assassination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, rio de janeiro, thailand, ukraine, cambodia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 202K
The Raid (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under ...
Style: brutal, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, swat team, death, fistfight, fight, survival, warrior, fighting crime, drug lord, strong violent content, trapped, deathtrap ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.4
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Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: female assassin, female killer, vengeance, tough girl, hitman, vigilante, one against many, crimes, vigilantism, lone hero, haunted by the past, latinos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 1992
Place: colombia, usa, south america, latin america, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 87K
Harry Brown (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, gang, loneliness, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, loss of friend, incompetent police, vigilante, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 55K
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: gangsters, gambling, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, casino, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 416K
Sicario (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
Style: realistic, neo noir, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: drug cartel, black ops, tough girl, cia, mercenary, moral dilemma, swat team, drug smuggling, u.s. mexico border, fbi agent, special agents, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.6
 553K
Kick-Ass (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.
Style: stylized, exciting, semi serious, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, boys' night
Plot: superhero, young heroes, double life, heroes, misfit, disguise, teenage life, female killer, lifestyle, youth, crimes, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Driven to Kill (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Russia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A former Russian mobster named Ruslan, who is now a crime novelist, returns home and discovers his daughter is marrying his arch nemesis. His past also comes back to haunt him when his family is threatened. Hungry for justice, Ruslan returns to the ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, psychological, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, vengeance, rivalry, vigilantism, haunted by the past, family relations, one man army, heroes, martial arts, russian, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 166K
Transporter 3 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, car chase, tough guy, fistfight, car, delivery, martial arts, heroes, murder, disobey, tough heroes, mercenary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ukraine, budapest
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%