Movies like The Equalizer

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The Equalizer (2014)
 7.2
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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, rough, brutal, stylized, exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, one man army, vigilantism, lone hero, gunfight, fighting crime, lone wolves, tough heroes, black ops, heroes, cia, crimes, corruption, ex soldier, loner, organized crime, undercover, teenage prostitute, crime, justice, gory, righting the wronged, brutality, hostage, blood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 exciting, suspenseful, serious and realistic films with plots about revenge, murder, violence, brutality, vengeance, gun and gunfight mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: John Wick (2014), Man on Fire (2004), The Punisher (2004), The November Man (2014), Jack Reacher (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 521K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, vigilante, dark hero, gangsters, gunfight, tough guy, criminal's revenge, lone hero, violence spree, professional killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 6.7
 126K
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, ambiguous ending, surprise ending
Plot: cia, violence, murder, revenge, martial arts, drug dealer, ambush, loner, black hero, dark past, widower, loss of friend ...
Time: 2010s
Place: brussels belgium, brussels, boston, washington d.c., istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.7
 324K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico, 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, cia, vigilante, vigilantism, mercenary, bodyguard, daring rescue, friendship, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.4
 148K
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, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, vigilantism, vengeance, vigilante, tough law enforcer, lone wolves, tough heroes, crimes, anti hero, funeral, tragic hero, faked death ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, miami, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, danger, save the day, heroes, conspiracy, spy, law enforcement, dishonesty, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, chechnya, moscow russia ...
⇓ 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: tense, exciting, brutal, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, assassin, vengeance, murder, shooting, tough guy, danger, crimes, martial arts, violence ...
Time: 2010s
Place: morocco, grand central station manhattan new york city, north africa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 302K
Jack Reacher (2012)
Genre: Action, 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: loner, sniper, ex military, murder, investigation, lone wolves, crimes, drifter, police investigation, vigilantism, conspiracy, false accusation ...
Time: quarry, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pittsburgh, pennsylvania, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.7
 202K
Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Japan, USA
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: suspenseful, exciting, rough, intense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cia, gunfight, espionage, on the run, secret agents, mercenary, corruption, betrayal, who to trust, danger, interrogation, rogue agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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John Wick: Chapter Two (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: harsh, suspense, bloody, brutal, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, lone hero, one against many, warrior, organized crime, revenge, mafia, murder, survival, manhunt, danger, death threat ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.5
 175K
The Punisher (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Style: brutal, harsh, bloody, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilante, justice, violence, gunfight, vengeance, vigilantism, murder, revenge, superhero, death, one man army, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, martial arts, lone hero, fist fighting, protection, kidnapping, heroes, fight scenes, gang, drug lord, master warrior, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, danger, crimes, deadly, lone hero, secret identity, assassin, murder, track down, assassins, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: berlin germany, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boondock Saints (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: With a God-inspired moral obligation to act against evil, twin brothers Conner and Murphy set out to rid Boston of criminals. However, rather than working within the system, these Irish Americans decide to take swift retribution into their own hands.
Style: exciting, suspense, twists and turns, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, irish, neo noir, mafia, shooting, crime, crimes, siblings relations, violence spree, revenge, corpse, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Genre: Action, 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: suspense, exciting, serious, suspenseful, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, swat team, death, warrior, fist fighting, drug lord, swat, survival, strong violent content, danger, rivalry, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 254K
The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, autism, accountant, mathematics, sniper, organized crime, gunfight, money laundering, hitman, criminal, investigation, informant ...
Time: 2000s, year 2010, year 1989, year 2006, 80s
Place: illinois, germany, chicago illinois, washington d.c., new hampshire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.5
 105K
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, single father, tough heroes, crime, crimes, ex law enforcer, single parent, drug dealer, martial arts, father daughter relationship, small town, fist fighting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 50K
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, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, crime, casino, lone wolves, dishonesty, betrayal, violence, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.5
 102K
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, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, gunfight, chase, mafia, protector, fist fighting, organized crime, tough heroes, ex military, on the run, lone wolves, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 159K
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, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hitman, one man army, killer, sniper, danger, cia, fist fighting, assassination, interpol, secret identity, crimes, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, london, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 73K
Shaft (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence ...
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, drug lord, violence, police brutality, gunfight, corruption, crimes, crime, police investigation, revenge, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, hijacking, train, race against time, ransom, crimes, save the day, mind game, master criminal, crime, financial driven terrorism, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: ...
Style: stylized, exciting, rough, suspenseful, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: one man army, tough guy, dark hero, superhero, tough heroes, vigilantism, vanity, vengeance, vigilante, rivalry, crimes, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
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: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, revenge, irish, murder, violence spree, priest, friendship, sheep, crime, crimes, nudity (full frontal - brief), profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1950s, 50s
Place: boston, ireland, massachusetts, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 6.6
 16K
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, crimes, gangsters, rescue, police, anti hero, anti heroes, lone hero, vigilante, gang, violence, kidnapping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
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, exciting, tense, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, mentor, organized crime, warrior, female warrior, tough girl, master warrior, danger, squad, dark hero, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa, asia, tokyo, japan, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.6
 32K
Exit Wounds (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, kidnapping, betrayal, drug dealing, police, police investigation, fighting the system, law enforcement, master criminal, deadly, working undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 204K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, organized crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, crimes, corruption, police detective, mafia, police brutality, fighting crime, partners, partners against crime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, captivating, tense, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, danger, haunted by the past, vigilantism, family relations, heroes, one man army, martial arts, russian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.6
 73K
Machete Kills (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ex-Federale agent Machete is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to ...
Style: stylized, not serious, absurd, brutal, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: parody, machete, mercenary, nuclear threat, gory, heroic mission, deadly, hotshot hero, save the world, machismo, tough heroes, anti hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, texas, washington d.c., arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, drug lord, hitman, small town, cia, vengeance, dark hero, corruption, deadly weapon, gangsters, gangster, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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