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, surprise ending, psychotronic, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, rescue, police, gangsters, crimes, urban, vigilante, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero, lone hero, ghetto, gangs, corruption, brutality, stereotypes, twists & turns, sexualized violence, fight scenes, crime, confined, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem 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 suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about gunfight, gangsters, crimes, violence, runaway, murder and chase mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shaft: Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Safe (2012), Dirty Harry (1971), Across 110th Street (1972), The Enforcer (1976). 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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, chase, murder, cemetery, helicopter, gangsters, vengeance, crime, police investigation, criminal heroes, partners against crime, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, harlem, africa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.9
 65K
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, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, revenge, drug lord, violence, police brutality, corruption, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 95K
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
Plot: lone hero, organized crime, chase, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, fist fighting, gangsters, car chase, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.8
 131K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, against the rules, psychopath, tough law enforcer, crimes, crime, ransom, police, investigation, gunfight, police brutality, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: bleak, cynical, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, neo noir, crime, dishonesty, society, urban, tough heroes, urban ghetto, r&b, crimes, violence spree, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 37K
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: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, alcatraz, militant, ransom, inspector, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, politically correct, unlikely partners, crimes, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 45K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
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: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, culture clash, neo noir, gang war, crime, police investigation, misfit, crimes, partners against crime, chases and races, tough law enforcer, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, usa, asia, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 297K
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: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, lone hero, fighting crime, vigilantism, lone wolves, vigilante, heroes, gunfight, corruption, tough heroes, righting the wronged, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, moscow russia, russia
⇓ 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: atmospheric, tense, realistic, breathtaking, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, drug lord, police brutality, car chase, informant, partnership, neo noir, frenchman, french, smuggling, mafia, traffic jam ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, marseille, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 102K
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, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 17K
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: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, chase, murder, partners, law enforcement, police, triad, chinatown, crime, gangsters, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, chase, martial arts, car chase, psychopath, police investigation, vengeance, gangsters, crime, siege, gang, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 422K
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: serious, stylized, exciting, rough, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, dark hero, criminal's revenge, gangsters, vigilante, russian mafia, righteous rage, violence spree, crimes, widower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, martial arts, vengeance, chase, vigilantism, murder, danger, death, police, fight, police investigation, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, hong kong
⇓ 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: rough, feel good, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: circumcision, political corruption, working undercover, chases and races, immigrants, crimes, secret agents, crime, private detective, espionage, investigation, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ethiopia, africa, italy, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Marked for Death (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican drug ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, drug dealing, murder, danger, vengeance, lone hero, gangsters, crime, family, against the odds, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa, colombia, latin america, chicago illinois, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.1
 31K
Get Carter (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Remake of the British classic. Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, travels back to his hometown of Seattle for his brother's funeral. During this visit, Carter realizes that the death of his brother was not accidental, but a ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, ritual, gangsters, vengeance, criminal heroes, crime, lone wolves, rivalry, tough heroes, deadly, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 7K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, mafia, neo noir, yakuza, culture clash, gangsters, crime, friendship, crimes, rivalry, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, small town, mafia, prohibition, rivalry, duel, gang war, whiskey, tommy gun, deadly, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: tense, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, police station, survival, police, gunfight, brutality, escape attempt, gang, street gang, prison bus, jail cell, ambush ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.8
 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: rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, murder, crime, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, police investigation, justice, death of brother, one against many, brother brother relationship, complex characters, gangsters ...
Time: 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 105K
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: delivery, corruption, chase, race against time, organized crime, police corruption, life turned upside down, resourceful, on the run, danger, dishonesty, dirty cop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, china, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, private detective, investigation, crime, mafia, haunted by the past, serial killer, revenge, drug dealer, loner, murder of wife ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.6
 110K
Ransom (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: kidnapping, millionaire, rescue, ransom, reward, crime, danger, tough heroes, forced into action, parents and children, hostage, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mayor, train, passenger, tunnel, negotiation, ransom, hijacking, one day, police officer, crime, confined, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, rescue, hitman, martial arts, danger, police investigation, gangsters, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 15K
Nighthawks (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, undercover, police investigation, crime, master criminal, danger, working undercover, tough law enforcer, hostages, crimes, fighting crime, race against time ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Urban Justice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Seagal plays a man with a dark and violent past, who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, investigation, chase, martial arts, murder, revenge, car chase, deadly, dishonesty, track down, law enforcement, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, revenge, vigilante, violence, chase, murder, police investigation, vengeance, gory, deadly, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, rough, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, cocaine, gang, violence, drug dealing, gang war, neo noir, religious statue, crime, ethnic, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%