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, twists and turns, stylized, bleak, cult film, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, crimes, gangsters, rescue, police, anti hero, anti heroes, lone hero, vigilante, gang, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero, ghetto, gangs, corruption, brutality, sexualized violence, stereotypes, twists & turns, fight scenes, crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, 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, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about chase, violence, murder, gangsters, gun, crimes and gunfight mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shaft: Death Wish (1974), Shaft's Big Score! (1972), An Eye for an Eye (1981), Deep Cover (1992), Urban Justice (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Death Wish (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, architect, murder, vigilante, police, vengeance, crimes, crime, violence spree, obsession, rivalry, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, hawaii, arizona ...
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100%
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, chase, murder, graphic violence, helicopter, cemetery, gangsters, gang, crime, crimes, police investigation, master criminal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, harlem, africa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 5.9
 73K
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, drug lord, violence, police brutality, gunfight, corruption, crimes, crime, police investigation, revenge, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: serious, exciting, suspense, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: undercover, vengeance, chase, martial arts, vigilantism, danger, police, fighting crime, drug dealing, chases and races, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 6.9
 9K
Deep Cover (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The black policeman Russell Stevens applies for a special anti-drug squad which targets the highest boss of cocaine delivery to LA: the Colombian foreign minister's nephew. Russell works his way up from the bottom undercover, until he reaches ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, enigmatic, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, murder, undercover, police investigation, gangsters, brutality, deadly, betrayal, organized crime, drug traffic, drug trafficking, racial slur ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1972, 70s, year 1992
Place: ohio, cleveland ohio, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, revenge, chase, investigation, murder, martial arts, gangsters, danger, car chase, death in the family, track down, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.0
 2K
Truck Turner (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Ex-football star turned skip-tracer, Turner specializes in bringing in the criminals police are too scared to chase, and when he's hired to capture sociopathic pimp Gator, he finds himself confronted by the most vicious killers in the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, chase, bail bondsman, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, organized crime, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, partners against crime, heroes, law enforcement, chases and races ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, drug dealing, murder, danger, vengeance, revenge, crimes, crime, family, against the odds, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, west indies, caribbean, jamaica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
57%
 6.5
 102K
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, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, gunfight, chase, mafia, protector, organized crime, tough heroes, ex military, fist fighting, on the run, mentor, lone wolves ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 101K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, intense ...
Plot: on the run, hitman, gangsters, murder, manhunt, haunted by the past, crimes, crime, revenge, parents and children, criminal heroes, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 328K
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, rough, brutal, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, one man army, lone hero, vigilantism, fighting crime, gunfight, lone wolves, tough heroes, black ops, heroes, cia, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 7K
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Watermelon farmer Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) goes after the Mob, when they try to strong arm him to use their melon picking crew.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, talky, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, organized crime, one man army, neo noir, vengeance, rivalry, danger, gangsters, vigilante, violence, bullying, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, survival, siege, police station, brutality, convict, crimes, danger, gang, child killer, partners, reluctant partners ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA, UK
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: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, gang, cocaine, violence, crime, crimes, rivalry, mafia, organized crime, neo noir, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.6
 32K
Exit Wounds (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, kidnapping, betrayal, drug dealing, police, police investigation, fighting the system, law enforcement, master criminal, deadly, working undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, small town, gangsters, betrayal, gang war, rivalry, duel, tommy gun, hitman, lone wolves, danger, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 1930s, year 1932
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, drug smuggling, police brutality, gangsters, anti heroes, anti hero, car chase, informant, neo noir, frenchman, partnership ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, marseille, manhattan new york city, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 49K
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: suspense, serious, exciting, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, police investigation, partners, fish out of water, gang war, culture clash, yakuza, gunfight, crime, crimes, track down, danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, osaka japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 ⇓
55%
 7.7
 141K
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, tense, intense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, gunfight, tough law enforcer, crimes, psychopath, police, crime, against the rules, ransom, investigation, police brutality, police detective ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, gangsters, danger, heroes, rescue, martial arts, hitman, police investigation, crimes, partners, lone wolves, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
One in the Chamber (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, crimes, criminal heroes, danger, violence spree, chases and races, mob boss, gangster, corruption, mob hit, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: prague, europe, eastern europe, prague czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Protector (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, gang, gangsters, rescue, chase, master criminal, urban, track down, city life, against the odds, working undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, hong kong, asia, usa, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Street Fighters (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: New York City factory worker Eddie Marino (Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for JACKIE BROWN) is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. But when a corrupt judge sets the ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealing, gangsters, psychopath, injustice, vigilantism, vengeance, factory, social decay, prison, murder, jail ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 8.0
 113K
The Raid 2 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover ...
Style: stylized, rough, brutal, bloody, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, fist fighting, martial arts, violence, fight, undercover, fighting crime, police, organized crime, gangsters, shooting, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.6
 3K
A Good Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, gangsters, martial arts, one man army, save the day, gang, danger, crimes, rivalry, deadly, gory, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia, romania, bucharest, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.5
 10K
Action Jackson (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, martial arts, car chase, frame up, nightclub, heroes, assassination, bar fight, framed for murder, megalomaniac, maverick cop, gunfight ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, buddy comedy, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, corruption, machismo, ex athlete, police detective, bribery, ex law enforcer, reluctant partners, stripper, football ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 43K
Shaft (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, colourful, reboot ...
Plot: drug lord, death of friend, gunfight, father son relationship, investigation, fbi, grandfather, african american, revenge, sexual humor, martial arts, chase ...
Time: 90s, year 2014, 80s, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: new york, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%