Movies like Set It Off

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Set It Off (1996)
 6.9
 14K
Set It Off (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.
Style: exciting, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense, harsh, sexy, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: heist, single parent, friendship, ghetto, bank robber, crimes, crime, family relations, life is a bitch, interracial relations, on the run, social differences, society, urban, dishonesty, buddies, criminal heroes, gays and lesbians, city life, siblings relations, sleazy, strong female presence, rivalry, lesbian, bank robbery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, violence, crime, gangsters, vengeance and chase mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Set It Off: Waist Deep (2006), City of Industry (1997), One False Move (1992), Colors (1988), Jason's Lyric (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, gang, chase, african american, gangsters, organized crime, ex convict, father son relationship, car chase, gang war, race against time, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
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100%
City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, betrayal, neo noir, revenge, crime, crimes, gangsters, gang, stripper, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
 10K
One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, criminal heroes, neo noir, dishonesty, on the run, chases and races, femme fatale, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, arkansas, texas, louisiana, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.8
 24K
Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, police brutality, police, crime, crimes, partners, gang war, gunfight, chase, nudity (full frontal - brief), mexican american ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, venice beach california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Jason's Lyric (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of a young man who must confront his own fears about love as well as his relationships with family and friends.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: family relations, ghetto, crime, crimes, romance, relationships, city life, drug abuse, fall in love, family in crisis, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, vietnam, texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, hip hop, crime, coming of age, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Devil's Own (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, police investigation, terrorist, murder, friendship, vengeance, betrayal, rebelliousness, danger, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, northern ireland, ireland, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 65K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, murder, police corruption, violence, betrayal, crimes, crime, law enforcement, dirty cop, corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, tel aviv israel, atlanta georgia, boston, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 6.7
 15K
Judgment Night (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While racing to a boxing match, Frank, Mike, John and Rey get more than they bargained for. A wrong turn lands them directly in the path of Fallon, a vicious, wise-cracking drug lord. After accidentally witnessing Fallon murder a disloyal henchman, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, gang, on the run, friendship, one night, crime gone awry, chases and races, crime, crimes, law enforcement, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, cuba, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 8.2
 567K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, master criminal, neo noir, gunfight, bank robbery, robbery, thief, group of criminals, crimes, crime, one last job, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 31K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, gangsters, gang, chase, friendship, drug dealing, betrayal, crimes, crime, addiction, urban ghetto, rise and fall ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
L.A. Takedown (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Michael Mann's (HEAT, MIAMI VICE) gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think.Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, crimes, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, police detective, urban, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, master criminal, crime gone awry, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.2
 3K
Dead Bang (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, chase, investigation, crimes, crime, police corruption, special agents, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, master criminal, rivalry, reluctant partners ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, colorado, california, usa, oklahoma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, on the road, prison, heist, crime gone awry, gangsters, hitman, robbery, chase, on the run, crimes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new mexico, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.3
 1K
Hot Boyz (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Injustice begets a criminal. Kool is an artist without prospects, a black belt in karate, and in love with LaShawna, poised and college bound. One night she witnesses a stabbing and discovers the victim is a cop as he dies in her arms. She's ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, racism, gangsters, police investigation, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, social decay, murder, false accusation, police corruption, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.9
 63K
Harsh Times (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, intense, exciting ...
Plot: unemployment, drinking, corruption, crime, crimes, friends, mad, violence, drugs, friend, nightmare, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.4
 657
Street Knight (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former cop returns to challenge a plot to escalate gang violence in the streets of Los Angeles.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, martial arts, teenage life, police detective, gang, gangsters, against the odds, hostages, rivalry, dishonesty, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
 24K
Juice (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, urban ghetto life, gang, coming of age, friendship, murder, crime gone awry, violence, rivalry, ambition, graphic violence, basketball ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.2
 57K
Takers (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse Attica (Chris Brown) successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, police brutality, crimes, chase, law enforcement, gang, robbery, group of criminals, partners in crime, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.5
 844
Caught Up (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Daryl gets out of jail after 5 years. His mother has died, his girlfriend is married, and he can't find a job. His new girlfriend Vanessa, whom he meets when a gunman opens fire on them, gets him a job as a car driver. Hitmen are still after ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, chase, crimes, vengeance, heist, frame up, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 130K
Payback (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, neo noir, robbery, money, betrayal, violence, mafia, crimes, organized crime, criminal heroes, gangsters, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 14K
The Driver (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, neo noir, anti heroes, one last job, police detective, on the run, gambling, getaway driver, witness, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 106K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, serious, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, violence, dirty cop, gunfight, police investigation, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.5
 116K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, drug lord, gunfight, dishonesty, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, robbery, danger, betrayal, ex convict, criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 21K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: rough, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crimes, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.9
 204K
True Romance (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
Style: bleak, stylized, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, cocaine, mexican standoff, gangsters, drug dealing, romance, hitman, gunfight, crimes, crime, peril, gun violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 13K
Baby Boy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, dark hero, going straight, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, crimes, domestic violence, family relations, passive aggression, smuggler ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, chase, betrayal, prostitute, on the run, manhunt, life is a bitch, opposites attract, vengeance, siblings relations, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1940s, 40s
Place: los angeles, latin america, mexico, usa, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Killers Edge (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A cop teams up with an FBI agent to track down a counterfeiter.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, counterfeiter, police officer, law enforcement, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, special agents, track down, battle zone, city life, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, violence, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, gory, crimes, deadly, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%