Movies like Highway Patrolman

If you like "Highway Patrolman" you are looking for neo noir, rough and bleak movies about / with drug cartel, patrol, woman with a gun, nihilism, police corruption, dark humor and crimes themes of Crime and Drama genre shot in Mexico or Japan.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Highway Patrolman (1991)
 7.1
 845
Highway Patrolman (1991)
Original name: El patrullero
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A naïve rookie in the Mexican highway patrol has to adapt to survive as he contends with dangerous drug-runners and widespread corruption.
Style: neo noir, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, surreal, disturbing, gloomy, cult film
Plot: drug cartel, patrol, woman with a gun, nihilism, police corruption, dark humor, crimes, on the road, life is a bitch, society, law enforcement, moral dilemma, innocence lost, police detective, dishonesty, sex, survival, drugs, revenge, prostitute, money, police officer, police, violence, desert ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Highway Patrolman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, dishonesty, police corruption, law enforcement, police, murder and violence mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Highway Patrolman: The Bull (2019), New Jersey Drive (1995), The Glass Shield (1994), Cement (2000), Backyard (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 800
The Bull (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1990s. Empty shelves in the shops, an economic abyss and criminal dramas that unfold literally at every corner. The young leader of a criminal gang Anton Bykov, with the nickname “Bull”, must make money in whatever way to provide for his ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: life is a bitch, violence, crimes, russian, brutality, life philosophy, injustice, corruption, criminal heroes, tough heroes, society, street life ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: realistic, melancholic, brutal, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, brutality, crimes, police investigation, vengeance, murder, lone hero, police, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, criminal heroes, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, harsh, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, police investigation, crimes, gangsters, crime gone awry, justice, brutality, fbi, false accusation, society ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 5.6
 643
Cement (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: What's the bond between partners, between brothers, and between spouses? In L.A., Bill Holt handcuffs Sean Rickhart inside a rebar frame for a freeway pillar at a construction site; Bill's going to bury Sean in quick-drying cement. Guided ...
Style: neo noir, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, police corruption, criminal's revenge, gangsters, drug dealing, criminal heroes, police investigation, life is a bitch, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Movie in collections
dark humor movies
3280
90s movies
90s
6461
bleak movies
6569
crimes movies
15485
 6.9
 2K
Backyard (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, murder, fighting crime, police investigation, incompetent police, law enforcement, dishonesty, injustice, woman in danger, police corruption, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 4K
The Major (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: On a cold winter’s day Sergey Sobolev, a major at the local police office, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth to their child. High from happiness, he’s driving too fast and runs down a boy on a passage walk, who ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, crimes, police station, police corruption, dishonesty, law enforcement, disorder, corrupt law enforcer, change of heart, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, bad ending, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police station, drug addiction, prostitute, murder, cop killer, police brutality, hospital, drugs, violence, police protagonist, hostage ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: bronx new york city, new york, san francisco, new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
 7K
The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: talky, serious, rough, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: corruption, u.s. mexico border, murder, crimes, police, moral ambiguity, hitman, dark hero, kidnapping, emigration, police corruption, character study ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 3K
The Mack (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the small time.
Style: funny, realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: exploitation, gangsters, pimp, prostitute, urban ghetto, crimes, life is a bitch, society, rise and fall, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 12K
Violent Cop (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results.
Style: bloody, neo noir, brutal, bleak, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, violence, police corruption, hitman, yakuza, drug dealer, crimes, vigilante, mafia, criminal, corrupt cop, crime boss ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 8.6
 747K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.6
 592
In the Flesh (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A police detective (Ed Corbin) assigned to work a gay bar on an undercover drug operation gets hooked up with a gay student hustler (Dane Ritter). After the student witnesses a murder, the cop provides him an alibi and invites him to stay at his ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: gay, murder, lgbt, male prostitution, male prostitute, closeted homosexual, hustler, lgbtq, drug dealing, trust, police officer, undercover cop ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.3
 196
Out-of-Sync (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A DJ and ex-con is forced to work with the police in an undercover drug sting targeting his boss.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending
Plot: hip hop, drug dealing, police, gambling, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, cons and scams, false accusation, fall in love, love triangle, on the run ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.0
 19
The Badge (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The only difference between a cop and a criminal is The Badge. Detective Vince McKinley and his partner Martin Goulet have to solve the biggest case of their careers: a series of evidence have been stolen from their own precinct. Through out the ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, tough law enforcer, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, police corruption, graphic violence, police, corruption, badge
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 278
City of M (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After exhausting all legal channels in his search for a job, "M" struggles with the decision of whether or not to enter a life of crime by helping his friends deliver drugs to Miami.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, unemployment, introspection, society, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, down on your luck, cocaine, criminal heroes, city life, erection ...
Time: 90s
Place: peru, florida, usa, latin america, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: neo noir, tense, realistic, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: corruption, police, gangsters, drug addiction, police corruption, lawyer, whistleblower, redemption, fighting the system, betrayal, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 4K
Phoenix (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: neo noir, sexy, absurd, bloody, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, police corruption, betrayal, heist, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, crime gone awry, murder, gunfight, death of protagonist, safe ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california, arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Confessions of a Police Captain (Italian: Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica, also known as Confessions of a Police Commissioner to the District Attorney) is an Italian crime-drama film about a cop starring ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female nudity, police corruption, police, gang violence, years of lead, police officer, italian mafia, against the odds, city life, heist, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
surreal movies
4030
society movies
11419
disturbing movies
10755
The Young Americans (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Experienced New York Police Detective John Harris is sent to London to help a local task force investigate a series of gangster killings organized by a new player in town, an American.With the help of a young teen wronged by gangsters, Harris ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, police, police officer, drug dealing, police corruption, nightclub, master criminal, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, society, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, new york, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.8
 24K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: bleak, intense, neo noir, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, crimes, brutality, police, police brutality, dysfunctional family, bigotry, family, scandal, dishonesty, sister sister relationship, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.5
 6K
Officer Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a cop's crooked past comes back to get him, can he do the right thing, or will he succumb to the threats of his dangerous connections?
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, police detective, manipulation, cover up, husband wife relationship, law enforcement, vigilantism, crimes, vengeance, haunted by the past, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 10K
Hell (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Benjamin Garcia, Benny is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, Benny gets involved in the drug business, in which he has for the first time in his life, a spectacular rise surrounded by money, women, violence and ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, rough, cynical ...
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealing, mafia, politics, crimes, social relations, society, u.s. mexico border, gang war, violence, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 969
Route 9 (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: During a routine surveilance on desolate Route 9, two small town deputies come across over one million dollars in cash, a van full of drugs, several dead bodies and not a witness in sight.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, rough
Plot: small town, nypd, sheriff, investigation, drug dealing, corrupt law enforcer, law enforcement, witnessing a crime, crime gone awry, dishonesty, crimes, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 22K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, harsh, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, crimes, corruption, police officer, police, investigation, rookie, partners, fighting the system, crime and punishment ...
Time: 20th century, year 1992, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 5K
Heli (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: drug cartel, crimes, cocaine, drug dealing, gang, corrupt law enforcer, torture, society, small town, urban ghetto life, kids in trouble, factory worker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.7
 186
Killers Three (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: America's DJ Dick Clark and Robert Walker Jr. star as two country boys who decide to rob a pile of cash from a bootlegger, assisted by the man's restless wife (Diane Varsi). But the heist doesn't go as planned and takes a tragic turn. ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, psychotronic ...
Plot: bootlegging, married couple, wanted, gangsters, heist, dishonesty, crimes, special agents, law enforcement, starting over, violence spree, hick ...
Time: 1930s
Place: north carolina, south carolina, california, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.6
 9K
Metro Manila (2013)
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: realistic, tense, serious, captivating, neo noir ...
Plot: heist, security guard, crimes, life is a bitch, society, gain trust, rookie, against the rules, corrupt law enforcer, mistrust, poverty, armored truck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.5
 469
Illtown (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dante and his girlfrend Micky run a very profitable drug operation in a seaside town, aided and abetted by a host of teens who sell the smack at discos around town, as well as by Lucas, a corrupt cop who's on the take. Their downfall comes when ...
Style: serious, realistic, surreal, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: deaf, religions or cults, tough heroes, low lives, urban ghetto, criminal's revenge, society, downfall, going straight, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to ...
Style: surreal, stylized, harsh, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, drug lord, police corruption, character study, corruption, hallucination, gangsters, crimes, dirty cop, redemption, murder investigation, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 13K
Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, crimes, vengeance, society, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, drug use, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%