Movies like Shanghai Surprise

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Shanghai Surprise (1986)
 3.2
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Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they are up against every thug and smuggler in Shangai.
Style: humorous, road movie, romantic, melancholic, exciting, semi serious, ridiculous, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, surreal ...
Plot: american abroad, adventure, opium, happy ending, unlikely friendships, drug dealing, partners, romance, dishonesty, unlikely partners, cons and scams, adventurer, gangsters, betrayal, corruption, chase, screwball, prostitute, missionary, catastrophe, teenager, violence, family, writers, death ...
Time: year 1937, 80s, 1930s
Place: china, argentina, shanghai, asia, shanghai china

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Most similar movies to Shanghai Surprise

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and entertaining films with plots about crimes, storytelling, vengeance, mentor, dialogue, chase and gangsters mostly in Comedy, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Shanghai Surprise: The Brothers Bloom (2008), Focus (2015), Tequila Sunrise (1988), Night Bus (2007), Mr. Nice Guy (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a ...
Style: twists and turns, witty, realistic, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, con artists, cons and scams, crime gone awry, heist, fall in love, crimes, partners, dishonesty, escapades, family relations, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, st. petersburg russia, prague, montenegro, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.6
 244K
Focus (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nicky, a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, sexy, suspense, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: heist, cons and scams, con artists, mind game, fall in love, partners, interracial love, femme fatale, female thief, seduction, deception, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, argentina, new orleans, buenos aires argentina, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon ...
Style: exciting, sexy, suspense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, surveillance, betrayal, drug dealer, crimes, romance, organized crime, friendship, corruption, crime boss, best friend, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.8
 740
Night Bus (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, Poland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Valerio Mastandrea is Franz, a night bus driver on the airport route who owes a lot of money from poker debts. He's stumbled upon by the variously named Leila, a thief who has accidentally become wrapped up in a secretive blackmail deal ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, neo noir, non-linear ...
Plot: femme fatale, dishonesty, crimes, on the run, romance, escapades, cons and scams, on the road, unlikely partners, chase, bus, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, sexy, buddy movie ...
Plot: martial arts, chase, crimes, gang, journalist, drug dealer, fight, escapades, superhero, bravery, assassination attempt, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: australia, china, hong kong, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.5
 73K
Mortdecai (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Art dealer, Charles Mortdecai, searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.
Style: funny, humorous, exciting, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, art dealer, spy, chase, escapades, stolen painting, cons and scams, eccentricity, art, justice, adventure, british ...
Time: year 1943, year 1945
Place: england, london, los angeles, usa, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how ...
Style: exciting, humorous, witty, entertaining, colourful ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: vengeance, heist, adventure, crimes, love triangle, partners, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, buddies, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Two If by Sea (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that last job, which involves stealing a valuable painting. Frank takes Roz to an island on the coast of New England, ...
Style: humorous, road movie, light, romantic, suspense ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: heist, crimes, romance, thief, justice, painting, gangsters, happy ending, betrayal, island, partners, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Father Hood (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus to an abusive foster home and they go on a run. The cops are after them, they bicker constantly and his idea of a way out is grim, yet this dangerous ride might just turn them into a family.
Style: humorous, twists and turns, melancholic, intense, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: kidnapping, chase, heist, father daughter relationship, convict, reporter, road trip, criminal, highway, lone hero, weapons, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.7
 1K
Brenda Starr (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mike is a struggling artist who draws the 'Brenda Starr' strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get her back, and keep his job, Mike draws himself ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, semi serious, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: adventure, romance, justice, happy ending, mad scientist, adventurer, journalism, rivalry, spy, rescue, mysterious stranger, fall in love ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, funny, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: mistaken identity, fish out of water, amnesia, obsession, farce, female protagonist, intrigue, on the run, disorder, amnesiac, magician's assistant, stalker ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, california, atlantic city new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 27K
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, psychological, exciting, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: gang, police, gangsters, crimes, ghetto, chase, gunfight, gang war, partners, violence, buddy cop, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 4K
Vibes (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Medium Sylvia Pickel and psychometrist Nick Deezy meet at a psychic research facility in New York. Not long after, they're contacted by Harry Buscafusco, who offers them $50,000 to find his lost son in South America, in the heart of Incan ...
Style: humorous, visually appealing, surreal, satirical, melancholic ...
Plot: mountain, adventure, romance, psychic power, pyramid, psychic, supernatural power, lone hero, culture clash, chase, gangsters, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s
Place: ecuador, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Wayne Dobie is a shy cop whose low-key demeanor has earned him the affectionate nickname "Mad Dog." After Mad Dog saves the life of Frank Milo, a crime boss and aspiring stand-up comedian, he's offered the company of an attractive ...
Style: neo noir, sexy, clever, humorous, erotic ...
Plot: gangsters, crimes, mafia, nudity (full frontal - brief), premarital sex, female nudity, sex, sexy woman, adaptation, crime gone awry, corruption, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 62K
Dick Tracy (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.
Style: stylized, humorous, light, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night
Plot: police detective, superhero, gangsters, organized crime, good versus evil, crimes, disney, crime boss, crime fighter, corruption, fighting crime, femme fatale ...
Time: 1930s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
We're No Angels (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.
Style: feel good, humorous, clever, entertaining, exciting ...
Plot: crimes, mistaken identity, prison, small town, priest, monk, fish out of water, clergy, buddies, on the run, disorder, prisoner ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 68K
Bandits (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped.
Style: funny, humorous, feel good, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: heist, romance, robbery, bank robbery, love triangle, friendship, on the run, crimes, bored housewife, hostage, prison, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, oregon, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.0
 11K
Legal Eagles (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, entertaining, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, romance, crimes, investigation, conspiracy, murder, legal action, dedicated lawyer, court case, cons and scams, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 16K
Intermission (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. An ill-timed and ...
Style: humorous, touching, witty, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, crimes, irish, justice, unlikely friendships, multiple storylines, eccentricity, couple relations, love and romance, gangsters, heist, male female relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away!
Style: humorous, funny, light, absurd, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: christmas, small town, heist, snow, redemption, bank robbery, holiday, crimes, nothing goes right, partners, disorder, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.0
 961
Firepower (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mercenary is hired by the FBI to track down a powerful recluse criminal, a woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.
Style: semi serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, murder, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, track down, heroes, death wish, tough heroes, vigilantism ...
Time: 70s
Place: miami, washington d.c., new york, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, France, Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king, so Mazarin fears revolt, particularly from the popular Beaufort. Porthos, bored with riches and wanting a title, ...
Style: sexy, humorous, unusual plot structure, scary, satirical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: musketeer, romance, adventure, betrayal, three musketeers, swashbuckler, sword fight, ancient, disaster, farce, horse, writers ...
Time: 17th century, 70s, middle ages
Place: england, new york, france, europe, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.6
 831
Big Shots (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Following the death of his father, a suburbanite runs away from home and winds up on Chicago's South Side. After being mugged, the boy befriends a young hustler and, after stealing a gangster's car, the two embark on an adventure down ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, feel good, intense, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gang, hitman, gangsters, youth, culture clash, runaway, chase, divorce, finnish, dysfunctional family, adoption, betrayal ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Where the Money Is (2000)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Manning (Paul Newman) has come up with a new way to break out of prison: fake a stroke and get transferred to a nursing home. It's a perfect plan, except for one thing: the woman assigned to take care of him at the nursing home, Carol Ann ...
Style: humorous, clever, light, semi serious, sexy ...
Plot: crimes, robbery, heist, bank robbery, chase, retirement home, aging, elderly, cons and scams, criminal heroes, golden years, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, oregon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 49K
The 51st State (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, exciting, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, chase, gangsters, chemist, culture clash, crimes, drugs, drug dealing, dishonesty, partners, drug lord, gang war ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 70s
Place: england, liverpool, los angeles, northern england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.
Style: road movie, humorous, exciting, captivating, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, friendship, treasure hunt, car chase, chase, on the road, crimes, friendship between men, safecracker, car, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.7
 1K
The Squeeze (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Harry Berg is both a con artist and an actual artist -- he constructs large sculptures out of television sets -- but he is not particularly successful in either role. He owes some money, which gets him involved with Rachel Dobs, a police detective ...
Style: humorous, exciting, light, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: lottery, inventor, murder, partners, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, gambling, cons and scams, disorder, chase, police ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 108K
The Mexican (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Jerry Welbach, a reluctant bagman, has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "the Mexican"... or suffer the consequences. The second is from his ...
Style: twists and turns, humorous, light, intense, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, hitman, on the road, crimes, nothing goes right, one last job, romance, road trip, fish out of water, escapades, criminal heroes, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, las vegas, los angeles, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 2K
Lucky Break (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. He convinces the governor to stage a musical in an old chapel next to ...
Style: feel good, intense, semi serious, humorous, talky ...
Plot: prison, romance, prison escape, moral ambiguity, prison life, fall in love, confined, buddies, cons and scams, crimes, social worker, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An English auctioneer proposes to the daughter of a mafia kingpin, only to realize that certain "favors" would be asked of him.
Style: humorous, melancholic, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, romance, mistaken identity, marriage proposal, fbi, family relations, fall in love, comedy of errors, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, london, usa, kansas city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%