Movies like Sharky's Machine

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Sharky's Machine
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, intense, tense, suspense, sexy, erotic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder, prostitution, revenge, police, vengeance, gangsters, jazz, police corruption, surveillance, corruption, violence, gunfight, undercover cop, hitman, violent, master criminal, chase, runaway, partners against crime, assassination, assassin, brutality, stylish ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, atlanta georgia, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and intense films with plots about chase, violence, brutality, dialogue, crimes, mentor and vengeance mostly in Crime, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Sharky's Machine: Blue Steel (1990), Nighthawks (1981), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Rent-a-Cop (1987), Year of the Dragon (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 5.7
 11K
Blue Steel
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, obsession, crime, murder, police, psychopath, chase, violence, investigation, neo noir, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.4
 14K
Nighthawks
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, rough, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, police investigation, crime, undercover cop, violence, police, murder, hostage, chase, hostages, surveillance, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, london, california ...
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
To Live and Die in L.A.
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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police investigation, secret service, car chase, vengeance, murder, violence, chase, revenge, stylish, tough law enforcer, violent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   85%
    User:   95%
 
 4.4
 1K
Rent-a-Cop
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: police investigation, crime, prostitute, master criminal, violence, hotel, partners against crime, store, reluctant partners, family, dialogue, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, london, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   85%
    User:   100%
 
Year of the Dragon
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: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, violence, organized crime, mafia, gangster, police corruption, vigilantism, hitman, lone wolves, strong sexual content, violent ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, vietnam, asia, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   81%
    User:   72%
 
 6.8
 101K
Street Kings
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: serious, rough, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, violence, vigilantism, police investigation, neo noir, redemption, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   72%
 
 6.3
 7K
Rapid Fire
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: martial arts, gangsters, police corruption, crime, betrayal, vengeance, murder, kung fu, police investigation, chase, violence, car chase ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, hong kong, tokyo, chicago illinois, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   81%
 
Out for Justice
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, serious, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, crime, police investigation, chase, murder, vengeance, car chase, violence, mafia, organized crime, vigilante ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   88%
 
Across 110th Street
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, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, mafia, organized crime, police, police investigation, violence, brutality, police corruption, murder, robbery, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   80%
 
 6.0
 25K
Above the Law
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, police investigation, torture, cia, vengeance, conspiracy, gunfight, violence, tough law enforcer, hitman, lone hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   70%
 
Code of Silence
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, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, chase, police, gangsters, gunfight, martial arts, rescue, car chase, undercover cop, police corruption, revenge, missing person ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   54%
 
 5.6
 23K
Fire with Fire
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fireman takes an unexpected course of action when a man whom he's been ordered to testify against – after being held up at a local convenience store – threatens him.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, crime, vengeance, vigilante, car chase, chases and races, revenge, crimes, assassination, danger, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   77%
 
 6.5
 4K
Best Seller
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, hitman, vengeance, gunfight, violence, heist, redemption, violent, mentor, corruption, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, texas, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   57%
 
 6.8
 10K
Shoot to Kill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, chase, adventure, kidnapping, murder, wilderness, fbi, serial killer, investigation, survival, violence, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, san francisco, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   76%
 
 5.9
 4K
Murphy's Law
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, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, vengeance, murder, crime, chase, vigilantism, mafia, revenge, gunfight, criminal heroes, gangster, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   72%
 
 6.1
 41K
A Man Apart
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, rough, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, revenge, violence, justice, brutality, drugs, corruption, murder, tough law enforcer, drugs/alcohol, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, california, latin america, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   63%
 
Shaft's Big Score!
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: gangsters, chase, crime, police investigation, murder, vengeance, car chase, investigation, criminal heroes, gunfight, death, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, africa, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   67%
 
Boiling Point
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, murder, prison, vengeance, undercover cop, redemption, undercover, master criminal, violence, corruption, gangster, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   59%
 
 6.1
 3K
Dead Bang
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack ...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crime, chase, murder, investigation, police corruption, fbi, police, violence, master criminal, partners against crime, gunfight ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, colorado, usa, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   60%
 
 6.5
 109K
Contraband
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, betrayal, heist, revenge, car chase, violence, murder, drugs/alcohol, chases and races, crimes, chase, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   47%
 
 6.4
 18K
The Gauntlet
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Phoenix cop Ben Shockley is well on his way to becoming a derelict when he is assigned to transport a witness named Gus Mally from Vegas. Mally turns out to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and incriminating information regarding a ...
Style: exciting, road movie, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, chase, motorcycle, police corruption, organized crime, crime, betrayal, desert, hitman, gangsters, police, bus ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, san francisco, phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   51%
 
Mulholland Falls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, investigation, police investigation, political corruption, mystery, police, corruption, neo noir, gangster, tough law enforcer, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   68%
 
 6.7
 191K
Gangster Squad
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: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, organized crime, mafia, corruption, gangster, violence, undercover cop, police corruption, revenge, car chase, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1930s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   59%
 
 5.5
 23K
Metro
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, revenge, car chase, police investigation, vengeance, hostage, violence, negotiation, hostages, murder, death, bank ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   65%
 
 6.0
 16K
The Corruptor
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, police investigation, betrayal, chase, violence, culture clash, corruption, mafia, car chase, gang war, organized crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   54%
 
 6.9
 8K
Deep Cover
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: crime, murder, betrayal, police investigation, vengeance, drugs, neo noir, undercover cop, corruption, stylish, drug dealing, violent ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   59%
 
 6.6
 44K
Black Rain
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, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police investigation, culture clash, chase, organized crime, violence, mafia, gangster, police, motorcycle, neo noir, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   54%
 
 6.5
 7K
Gang Related
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two corrupt cops have a successful, seemingly perfect money making scheme- they sell drugs that they seize from dealers, kill the dealers, and blame the crimes on street gangs. Their scheme is going along smoothly until they kill an undercover DEA ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, murder, brutality, police corruption, police investigation, undercover cop, gangsters, violence, crime gone awry, cons and scams, drugs, frame up ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   65%
 
 5.4
 3K
Renegades
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: vengeance, police corruption, crime, heist, gangsters, police investigation, undercover cop, revenge, chase, violence, partners against crime, robbery ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   52%
 
 5.8
 3K
One Good Cop
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his loyal longtime partner, a widower, is killed in the line of duty and leaves behind three young children, Artie Lewis (Michael Keaton), a dedicated New York City cop and his wife, Rita (Rene Russo), decide to take the kids in. But the lives ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, intense, realistic ...
Plot: justice, crime, vengeance, kidnapping, police investigation, revenge, violence, adoption, undercover, gang, conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   57%
 
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