Movies like Persons Unknown 1996

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Persons Unknown (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly, to obtain security codes. The girls and their cohorts rob his client and stash the loot. All the while, detective Jim has been following them and he grabs the money for himself. Then his conscience gets the best of him and he falls in love with Molly. His client turns out to be drug dealers and he's forced to risk his life to protect Molly and Amanda.
Style: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic, suspense
Plot: cons and scams, crimes, ex-cop, one-night stand, dishonesty, crime, drug dealing, heist, woman in danger, fall in love, danger, law enforcement, love and romance, ex cop, morality, alcoholic, neo noir, robbery, corruption, disability, wheelchair
Time: 90s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, dishonesty, danger, deadly, law enforcement and chases and races mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like Persons Unknown: Midnight Witness (1993), To Protect and Serve (1992), Washington Wolves (1999), The Assault (1996), Red Line (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Midnight Witness (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Renegade cops are videotaped murdering a motorist and the witnesses are in danger of being their next victims.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: murder, injustice, crime, chases and races, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, witnessing a crime, chase, on the run, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
To Protect and Serve (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop becomes the chief suspect in the killing of some of his crooked cohorts.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: good versus evil, crime, murder, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, serial killer, investigation, survival, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Washington Wolves (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alberto and Miguel have a bar, but things are not going very well. They need to get out of this black hole and they need money to do it. Alberto is divorced and alcoholic, Miguel has a big secret... Their old friend Claudio is very rich. Why not ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: betrayal, crime, neo noir, crime gone awry, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, intrigue, down on your luck, heist, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 3.7
 146
The Assault (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A female cop protects a dead drug dealer's wife from mob assassins.
Style: rough, serious, realistic
Plot: policewoman killing, murder, crimes, home invasion, deadly, crime, law enforcement, fighting the system, witnessing a crime, drug dealing, investigation, on the run ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
 4.7
 383
Red Line (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A car thief is seen stealing, and is blackmailed into stealing more cars for someone else's profit.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, car chase, criminal heroes, gang, gangsters, crime, crime gone awry, frame up, heist, chases and races, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 3.9
 337
Butter (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Corrupt record company executives kill a singing sensation with a drug overdose rather than letting her leave their label and join another company. They then frame her cousin/manager for the murder forcing him to go on the run and to try to get the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, urban, frame up, crimes, dishonesty, crime, law enforcement, city life, musician's life, chase, on the run, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.7
 218
Facade (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It should have been a simple murder. But a botched job, an old flame, and too many loose ends can spell just one thing for businessman Colin Wentworth: chaos!
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, hitman, crime, hotel, infidelity, crimes, deadly, clergy, vengeance, sexual relations, apocalypse, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Road to Juarez (2015)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An American ex-con with Mexican underworld ties ensnares a pair of young misfits into a dangerous heist in Mexico. Inspired by true events.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, crime, heist, mexican, crimes, danger, desert, buddies, gang, chase, cons and scams, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Movie in collections
 3.9
 341
Windfall (2002)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Robbers Ace and Scratch are caught in the act of robbing a casino vault and are caught after a long chase by the owner of the casino, who chooses not to send them to jail but instead hires them on as security consultants. The current head of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, heist, criminal heroes, buddies, crime, hidden identity, adventure, crimes, dishonesty, partners, betrayal, chase ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 3.9
 197
Temptation (1994)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After five years in prison for insurance fraud the sailor Lanarsky is released. Together with his buddy Bone he gets a job as seamen on board the yacht owned by the wife of his insurance fraud-partner Michael Reddick. Lanarsky has a question to his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, betrayal, cons and scams, crimes, crime, danger, deadly, dishonesty, woman in danger, criminal heroes, shower, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Top of the World (1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Las Vegas for a quicky divorce, a just-paroled ex-cop and his wife wander into the Top of the World Casino, run by the shady Charles Atlas. They win big, right as the casino is being robbed. The police believe their big win was a staged ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, criminal heroes, police investigation, fugitives, hostages, tough law enforcer, betrayal, chase, crime gone awry, cons and scams, false accusation, heist ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.0
 698
The Hit List (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A hit man's boss refers him to a client, a dangerous woman who mixes business with pleasure.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: hitman, assassination, crimes, secret, criminal, deadly, dishonesty, drug dealing, espionage, vengeance, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Instinct to Kill (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Escaped serial killer James Becket, who killed his own father whose expectations he never fulfilled, but now especially targets his wife Theresa 'Tess' and her family, is too good at disguising himself and other deceit for detective Diffs ...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, serial killer, master criminal, crime, vengeance, murder, woman in danger, psychopath, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Don't Look Back (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Los Angeles heroin addict Jesse endangers the lives of his childhood friends after he discovers a briefcase full of money from a drug deal gone bad, and returns home with it to Texas. Hoping to turn his life around with his newfound wealth, Jessie ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: hitman, murder, heroin addict, drug dealing, on the run, criminal heroes, gangsters, bag of money, crime, crime gone awry, going straight, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Terror Among Us (1981)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police sergeant and a parole officer endeavor to stop a rapist-on-parole before he can follow through his threats on five women whom testifed against him years earlier.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police investigation, crime, criminal's revenge, serial rapist, obsession, crimes, law enforcement, track down, woman in danger, chases and races, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.4
 301
Dog Watch (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A San Francisco detective (Elliott) goes wild when he discovers his partner dead and the presumed culprit standing over him. After beating the man to death, he comes to his senses and realizes that he has to get rid of the body of the beaten man. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: crime, murder, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, investigation, police corruption, life is a bitch, police detective, bagpipes, kicked in the crotch ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.6
 2K
Wild Side (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A bank accountant, whom moonlights as a high-priced call girl, becomes embroiled in the lives of a money launderer, his seductive wife, and his bodyguard whom blackmails her to help the FBI entrap him with his latest money laundering scheme.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: bank, cons and scams, undercover, call girl, fbi, infidelity, crime, criminal's revenge, femme fatale, undercover agent, assassination attempt, manipulations ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.6
 340
BlackMale (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Plot is actually pretty crafty and full of (surprisingly) unsuspecting twists. The special effects are actually quite realistic which is surprising for such a low budget movie. Bokeeem Woodbine plays his role with a serious emotion that only ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, cons and scams, heist, crimes, dishonesty, siblings relations, deadly, disorder, blackmail, stripper, sex, doctor ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
 3.9
 162
Bad Cop (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A cop Angel Almaraz saves the life of a local crime boss who, in return, offers him a job as part of his security. Almaraz accepts but soon has doubts.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: gangsters, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, legends and myths, police corruption, dishonesty, law enforcement, blood splatter, lesbian kiss, corruption, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Dead On: Relentless II (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Detective Sam Dietz is paired with a shady FBI agent to track down another serial killer terrorizing Los Angeles.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, police investigation, master criminal, partners against crime, crime, slasher, special agents, mind game, track down, vengeance, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 281
Unveiled (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Using the natural beauty and mystique of Marrakech, Morocco as a backdrop, Stephanie uses herself as bait to discover the sadistic murderer of her childhood friend. C.I.A. agents Peter Masters and Jeremy Avery lead her on an erotic and intriguing ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, psychological
Plot: serial killer, crimes, eroticism, deadly, dishonesty, buddies, special agents, intrigue, vengeance, woman in danger, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.3
 445
The Rage (1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: FBI Special Agent Travis is trying to catch a deranged serial killer and is doing his best despite having a new and unexperienced partner in the form of Kelly McCord. It turns out that the serial killer is an entire army of disgruntled CIA ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, misfit partners, strong sexual content, crime, secret agents, special agents, psychopath, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.3
 275
Relentless 3 (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sam Dietz, the relentless police detective, returns to Los Angeles from a self-imposed exile to help the police solve another series of brutal killings committed by another crafty serial killer whom targets Dietz's latest love interest.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, serial killer, amateur detective, crime, master criminal, witnessing a crime, investigation, mind game, stalking, vengeance, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 1.9
 444
Killers (1997)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The deal is simple. Buy the stolen drugs for almost nothing, sell them and make a bundle. For Ray and the others, it's the deal of their lives. For Heather, the rich girl, it's a ride on the wild side. Deep in the dark, abandoned ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: crime, crime gone awry, drug dealing, crimes, survival, woman in danger, animal life, hitman, danger, deadly, drug dealer, sheriff ...
Time: 90s
Place: beverly hills, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.1
 762
Scar City (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young cop gets thrown in with a special police squad who are acting as assassins against hoods and who don't care who gets in the way.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, criminal's revenge, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, police corruption, deadly, law enforcement, danger, partners, police, kiss ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 51K
Road House (1989)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- ...
Style: sexy, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, small town, revenge, nightclub, bouncer, brawl, rivalry, murder, vengeance, drug dealing, bar fight, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s
Place: memphis, missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: witnessing a crime, chases and races, crimes, deadly, crime, mystery, dishonesty, law enforcement, chase, on the run, couple relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.3
 128
Back to Even (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When an expert counterfeiter finds himself in debt to a dangerous bookie and on the run from the mob, he races to clear his name and settle the score.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: urban, crimes, dishonesty, crime, city life, betrayal, forgery, on the run, friendship, chases and races, friends, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
New World Disorder (1999)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A gang of four eyed crooks led by Kurt Bishop (McCarthy) are ripping off top dollar computer chips from a list of factories. The night they hit Dynaphase Systems, two dirty employees are staying late using company resources to develop their own ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: school, crimes, danger, law enforcement, pirate, crime, blind ambition, kidnapping, police corruption, computers and web, woman in danger, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Breach of Trust (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: For opposite reasons, an undercover federal agent and a small time hood join forces to take on a union of drug lords and dirty cops.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: computer, cartel, police investigation, criminal's revenge, gangsters, master criminal, crime, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, betrayal, drug dealing, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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