Movies like Sharky's Machine

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Sharky's Machine (1981)
 6.3
 5K
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Accompanied by an all-star jazz soundtrack, Sharky's new "machine" gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a woman he has never met.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending, intense, tense, suspense, sexy, erotic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, prostitution, revenge, police, scam, white slavery, martial arts, robbery, transvestism, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, prostitute, jazz, master criminal, finger, vengeance, gangsters, partners against crime, police corruption, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, track down, vigilantism, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, california, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Sharky's Machine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about crime, crimes, violence, murder, law enforcement, vengeance and police investigation mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Sharky's Machine: Rapid Fire (1992), Renegades (1989), Stick (1985), The Organization (1971), Rent-a-Cop (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
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Rapid Fire (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: College student Jake Lo is pursued by smugglers, mobsters and crooked federal agents after he witnesses a murder by a Mafia kingpin.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police corruption, martial arts, drug lord, undercover cop, murder, gangsters, undercover, crime, betrayal, vengeance, partners against crime, college ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, bangkok thailand, china, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 3K
Renegades (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Buster McHenry (Sutherland) is as an undercover agent for the police. His mission involves him in a robbery. Buster gets shot but Hank Storm (Phillips), an Indian, helps Buster. Since Hank wants a spear in the possession of the criminals that Buster ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, heist, law enforcement, undercover, vengeance, police detective, crime, partners against crime, fighting crime, gangsters, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 5.6
 2K
Stick (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Ernest (Stick) Stickley just out of prison agrees to help a friend deliver a package. It's a setup and his friend is killed. Stick is going to find out why!
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, murder, revenge, betrayal, crime, kidnapping, death, new life, thief, new love, crimes, prison ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Organization (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a group of young revolutionaries break into a company's corporate headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs for assistance.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heist, crime, fighting the system, police investigation, master criminal, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, army investigation, drug dealing, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 4.4
 1K
Rent-a-Cop (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When call-girl Della gets caught in the middle of a drug bust at a hotel where she was meeting a trick, she is held hostage by a robber that busted in on the drug agents and the drug dealers. She gets rescued by vice cop Church who is accused of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, sexy, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, street shootout, hotel, police investigation, crime, master criminal, partners against crime, store, reluctant partners, church, tough law enforcer, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, chase, murder, car chase, crime, police investigation, gangsters, psychopath, vengeance, gang, tough law enforcer, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.4
 3K
Fatal Beauty (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics cop with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of 'Fatal Beauty' begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police, drug dealing, murder, hitman, undercover, gangsters, gang, crime, master criminal, partners against crime, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, cemetery, helicopter, murder, crime, gangsters, police investigation, criminal heroes, attempted murder, coffin, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, africa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 6.8
 4K
Prime Cut (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: murder, chase, collector, drug dealing, violence, corruption, revenge, crime, small community, cornfield, white slavery, farm ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Force of One (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karate champion Matt Logan is enlisted by the police to train officers in self-defense after narcotics agents are killed by an assailant using the martial arts.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, undercover, serial killer, crime, police investigation, master criminal, special unit, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 849
Detroit 9000 (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a fundraiser for a black politician is robbed, Detroit police put two detectives, one white and one black, on the case, who try to work together under boiling political pressure.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, party, flashback, police, murder, violence, prostitution, police investigation, partners against crime, money, tough law enforcer, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.9
 4K
Murphy's Law (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tough police detective escapes from custody handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief after being framed for the murder of his ex-wife. He must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, uzi, chase, stalking, false accusation, frame up, psychopath, police investigation, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.0
 25K
Above the Law (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, torture, cia, senator, tough law enforcer, police investigation, vengeance, crime, drug dealing, drug lord, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, violence, revenge, prostitution, vigilantism, police investigation, rape, gore, torture, ex soldier, chase, gang ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: neo noir, crime, gangsters, partners against crime, urban ghetto, crimes, 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 ⇓
51%
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: martial arts, rescue, chase, police investigation, hitman, missing person, crimes, gangsters, danger, deadly, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.7
 19K
The Punisher (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The avenging angel of Marvel Comics fame comes brilliantly to life in this searing action-adventure thriller! Dolph Lundgren stars as Frank Castle, a veteran cop who loses his entire family to a mafia car bomb. Only his ex-partner believes Castle ...
Style: serious, rough, stylized, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, vigilante, mafia, superhero, fighting crime, revenge, police investigation, crimes, vigilantism, undercover, police officer, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
 25K
Hard to Kill (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mason Storm, a 'go it alone' cop, is gunned down at home. The intruders kill his wife, and think they've killed both Mason and his son too. Mason is secretly taken to a hospital where he spends several years in a coma. His son ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: coma, martial arts, hospital, vengeance, training, murder, danger, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1990, year 1983, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Tokyo businessman (Hiroshi Hada), transferred to L.A, molests a teenage girl on a train. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of a vice cop. But in one of those plot twists that can only occur in the movies, the cop is assigned to find the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, drug dealing, fighting crime, vigilantism, rape, crime, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, gang, partners against crime, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Year of the Dragon (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, chinese mafia, crime, racism, gang war, gangsters, police detective, lone wolves, strong sexual content, urban, tough law enforcer, chinatown ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Walking the Edge (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A Los Angeles taxi driver helps a distraught young woman on the run from gangsters after they murder her husband and young son.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: taxi driver, vengeance, criminal heroes, police investigation, crime, criminal's revenge, gangsters, tough law enforcer, crime gone awry, manhunt, vigilantism, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 14K
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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, police investigation, undercover, crime, hostages, master criminal, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, race against time, working undercover, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, manhattan new york city, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, car chase, murder, crime, police investigation, undercover, sniper, loss of friend, vengeance, tough law enforcer, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 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 ⇓
44%
 5.9
 23K
The Rookie (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Veteran cop Nick Pulovski is used to playing musical partners; many of the partners he's had in the past have died on the job, and often as a result of Nick's risky tactics. But the rookie who's been assigned to help Nick bust a ...
Style: rough, semi serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, car chase, kidnapping, murder, vengeance, rescue, police investigation, ransom, buddies, crime, master criminal, odd couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
 6K
Stone Cold (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Joe Huff (Brian Bosworth) is a tough, loner cop with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs. The FBI blackmail Joe into an undercover operation that entails infiltrating "The Brotherhood" - a powerful Mississippi biker gang linked ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, fbi, motorcycle gang, biker, drug dealing, criminal's revenge, gang, crime, lone wolves, tough law enforcer, chase, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: alabama, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 8K
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, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, neo noir, undercover, police, crime, betrayal, police investigation, drug dealing, neo-noir, war, investigation, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 2K
Hustle (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Phil Gaines is a bitter, cynical cop who investigates the case of a dead stripper/porno actress found on the beach. Gaines is experiencing a troubled relationship with a hooker, and things don't get any better when the dead girl's father ...
Style: rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, murder, neo noir, suicide, police, hostage, beach, loss of daughter, police investigation, crime, urban, investigation ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 191K
Gangster Squad (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, gangsters, crime, group of criminals, heroin, mob boss, fighting crime, urban, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, partners against crime ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, year 1949, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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 ⇓
39%