Movies like Shaft 1971

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Shaft (1971)
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, harsh, stylized, bleak, psychotronic, surprise ending, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, police, gangsters, rescue, crimes, vigilante, urban, violence, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero, lone hero, gangs, corruption, brutality, kidnapping, stereotypes, twists & turns, sexualized violence, fight scenes, ghetto, crime, daughter, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, california ...

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Most similar movies to Shaft

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about runaway, crimes, violence, gangsters, dialogue, mentor and brutality mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shaft: Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Across 110th Street (1972), Safe (2012), The Equalizer (2014), Street Kings (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, chase, helicopter, cemetery, murder, crime, gangsters, police investigation, criminal heroes, attempted murder, gambling, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, africa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.9
 64K
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, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, private detective, violence, revenge, corruption, crime, police brutality, cocaine, drug lord, police detective, tough law enforcer, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, switzerland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Across 110th Street (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: suspense, cynical, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, neo noir, crime, partners against crime, crimes, urban ghetto, dishonesty, urban, law enforcement, society, fighting crime, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
 93K
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, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, organized crime, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, lone wolves, car chase, gangsters, chase, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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 ...
Style: suspense, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, lone hero, fighting crime, lone wolves, vigilante, corruption, righting the wronged, organized crime, crime, tough heroes, gory, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 101K
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: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, twists & turns, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 36K
The Enforcer (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns again, this time saddled with a rookie female partner. Together, they must stop a terrorist group consisting of angry Vietnam veterans.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alcatraz, kidnapping, inspector, crime, militant, ransom, police investigation, tough law enforcer, urban, unlikely partners, damage, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 44K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, culture clash, yakuza, police investigation, crime, gang war, fish out of water, gang, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, drug dealer, police investigation, drug dealing, crime, heroin, traffic jam, smuggling, sniper, drug lord, mafia, french ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: marseille, usa, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Out for Justice (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. Killing his Partner was someone's mistake, because he's now Out For Justice.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police investigation, chase, murder, car chase, crime, gangsters, psychopath, vengeance, gang, tough law enforcer, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mayor, train, police officer, one day, hijacking, crime, passenger, ransom, negotiation, tunnel, hostages, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, martial arts, death, chase, vengeance, fight, police, vigilantism, murder, police investigation, danger, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 128K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, against the rules, tough law enforcer, crime, crimes, ransom, urban, police, violence, gunfight, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, survival, police station, police, gunfight, brutality, street gang, gang, prison bus, convict, jail cell, blackout ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.5
 26K
Raw Deal (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, fbi, undercover, crime, criminal heroes, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gang, special agents, tough law enforcer, working undercover, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, twentieth century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Shaft in Africa (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective John Shaft travels incognito to Ethiopia, then France, to bust a human trafficking ring.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: circumcision, secret agents, espionage, human trafficking, illegal immigration, crime, kidnapping, working undercover, crimes, dishonesty, undercover, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ethiopia, africa, paris france, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, cocaine, violence, gang, neo noir, crime, religious statue, drug dealing, gang war, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 6K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, kidnapping, neo noir, yakuza, gangsters, crime, culture clash, friendship, crimes, rescue, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA
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, criminal's revenge, gangsters, murder, revenge, assassin, violence, crimes, dog, russian mafia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 30K
Death Wish (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: architect, vigilante, vengeance, vigilantism, police, murder, fight, taxi, crime, liberal, lone wolves, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, hawaii, tucson arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 8K
Coffy (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After her younger sister gets involved in drugs and is severely injured by contaminated heroin, a nurse sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, killing drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters who cross her path.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, vengeance, police corruption, gangsters, prostitute, social decay, crime, pimp, cocaine, criminal's revenge, drug abuse, afro ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Last Man Standing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two Prohibition-era gangs. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances from one to another, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, Smith ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, betrayal, prohibition, gang, small town, tommy gun, gang war, whiskey, rivalry, deadly, gangsters, duel ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 8K
Next of Kin (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Truman Gates, a Chicago cop, sets out to find his brother's killer. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, murder, crime, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, gangsters, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, good versus evil, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Code of Silence (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, martial arts, chase, police investigation, hitman, missing person, crimes, gangsters, danger, deadly, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 36K
Sudden Impact (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, serial killer, vengeance, police investigation, crime, vigilantism, small town, female killer, police corruption, tough law enforcer, against the rules, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, pacific ocean, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 13K
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Coogan (Clint Eastwood) an Arizona deputy sheriff goes to New York to pick up a prisoner. While escorting the prisoner to the airport he escapes and Coogan heads into the City to recapture him.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fish out of water, chase, escape, culture clash, extradition, crime, chases and races, law enforcement, nothing goes right, urban, fugitives, lovers on the run ...
Time: 1960s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 103K
Premium Rush (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, chase, delivery, race against time, organized crime, police corruption, urban, chases and races, dirty cop, cyclist, escapades, on the run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, china, manhattan new york city, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 16K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Danny is a young cop partnered with Nick, a seasoned but ethically tainted veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny relies on Nick but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the way Nick gets things done.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, chase, murder, triad, chinatown, police, crime, gangsters, deadly, police investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 29K
22 Bullets (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Charly Matteï has turned his back on his life as an outlaw. For the last three years, he's led a peaceful life devoting himself to his wife and two children. Then, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the parking garage in ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, shooting, revenge, violence, murder, left for dead, hospital, cemetery, crime, brutality, criminal heroes, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 15K
Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, crime, gangsters, murder, master criminal, vengeance, hoodlum, heist, partners against crime, unlikely partners, redemption, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%