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The Substitute (1996)
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The Substitute (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After he did some jobs for CIA, ex-marine John Shale is visiting his high school love Jane. She's now a teacher in Columbus High School in Miami. Soon after his arriving Jane has her knee cap broken while jogging. After that, John decides to go undercover as her substitute in high school. Very soon he finds out that gang named Kings of Destruction is terrorizing the school.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, intense, harsh, realistic, surprise ending, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: high school, teachers and students, hidden identity, high school life, undercover, gang, youth, society, crimes, tough heroes, hitman, hardcase students, dark hero, graphic violence, life is a bitch, rivalry, working undercover, urban ghetto, teacher, revenge, school, corruption, bullying, gangsters, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: miami, usa, florida, cuba

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about violence, crimes, murder, gunfight, showdown, revenge and blood mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Substitute: The Principal (1987), The Warriors (1979), Detention (2003), A Man Apart (2003), Savage Streets (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When teacher Randall Thomasson is killed during a carjacking, an unexpected visitor shows up at his funeral - his estranged brother, Karl Thomasson (Treat Williams). An ex-Green Beret turned mercenary. Karl signs on as a new substitute teacher in ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, gang, murder, graphic violence, teachers and students, vigilantism, urban ghetto life, high school life, vengeance, crimes, investigation, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, vietnam
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80%
 6.3
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The Principal (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, sexy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, high school life, gang, chase, youth gang, teacher, vigilantism, drug dealing, single parent, ghetto, alcohol abuse, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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The Warriors (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gang, street gang, gang war, warrior, gang member, chase, murder, survival, false accusation, vengeance, gangsters, gay slur ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, near future, 80s, future
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Detention (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A heroic high school teacher leads a band of students trapped in school by violent drug-runners.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ex soldier, high school, hostage, survival, corrupt cop, confined, one man army, youth, dedicated educator, master warrior, teachers and students, mercenary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Man Apart (2003)
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, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, vengeance, crimes, drug cartel, graphic violence, police officer, cocaine, machismo, vigilantism, organized crime, heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Savage Streets (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and murdered her best friend.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rape and revenge, rivalry, gang, vigilantism, punk, sexual abuse, social decay, murder, punk band, rape, fire, strong female presence ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Original Gangstas (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A violent street gang, the Rebels, rule the streets of Gary, Indiana. The Rebels shoot Marvin Bookman, a store-keeper, for giving the police information about a drive-by shooting they committed. Marvin's son, former NFL star John who created ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vigilantism, vigilante, murder, heroes, gang violence, fistfight, gunfight, vengeance, graphic violence, buddies, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, undercover, private detective, crimes, hidden identity, terrorism, law enforcement, investigation, dishonesty, secret agents, college, college life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Maximum Force (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three renegade cops team up to take on the corrupt chief of police and a crime lords hatchet-man.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, prostitute, gangsters, chase, undercover, renegade, police officer, computer cracker, against the odds, working undercover, police corruption, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, serious, suspenseful, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, police corruption, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, machismo, murder, undercover, gang war, male female relationship, drug lord ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, usa, bangkok thailand, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, murder, chase, investigation, martial arts, gangsters, car chase, death in the family, track down, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.1
 6K
Recoil (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A cop turns vigilante after his family is murdered, exacting vengeance on the killers - and then on all criminals who have slipped through the system.
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, vengeance, gang, death of wife, crimes, rivalry, tough heroes, gangsters, murder, organized crime, violence, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, neo noir, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: chase, martial arts, undercover, vigilantism, police, vengeance, fighting crime, adventure, drug dealing, partners, rivalry, working undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Modesty, raised by a casino owner after being abandoned by her parents, has become skilled in the ways of fighting and now acts as the casino owner's bodyguard. When she's unable to prevent the owner's murder at the hands of an old ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, martial arts, murder, secret identity, femme fatale, vigilantism, vengeance, criminal heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, betrayal, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Until Death (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Bulgaria, Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Van Damme plays a dirty cop who is hooked on heroin, and everyone dislikes him. Because of an accident he is put into a coma, and comes out of it a better person. He wakes up wanting to put things right.
Style: serious, rough, suspense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, police, brutality, violence, pregnancy, redemption, kidnapping, heroin, coma ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Nobody (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a "nobody." When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch's unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark ...
Style: suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, brutal, psychotronic ...
Plot: home invasion, one against many, martial arts, vengeance, russian mafia, assassin, gangsters, crimes, double life, tough guy, family relations, crime boss ...
Time: 2020s
Place: usa, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Marked for Death (1990)
Genre: Action, 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, martial arts, gangsters, drug dealing, murder, vengeance, crimes, aikido, family, against the odds, rivalry, vigilante ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, colombia, west indies, jamaica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
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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: serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, hospital, coma, murder, vengeance, corrupt official, intrigue, against the odds, law enforcement, crimes, chase, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, year 1990, year 1983, 90s
Place: los angeles, chicago illinois, california
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50%
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Stone Cold (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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: rough, bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, undercover, motorcycle gang, fbi, drug dealing, investigation, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, gang, fighting crime, criminal heroes, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, alabama, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, martial arts, chase, police, mafia, fight, gangsters, revenge, heroes, rescue, police chase, torture ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, lone hero, corruption, undercover, drug dealing, crimes, aikido, vengeance, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, working undercover ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: chicago illinois, vietnam, usa, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Street Knight (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former cop returns to challenge a plot to escalate gang violence in the streets of Los Angeles.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, police detective, hostage, martial arts, teenage life, law enforcement, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, city life, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Never Die Alone (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, redemption, murder, interracial relations, gangsters, criminal heroes, rise and fall, journalism, ghetto, vengeance, dishonesty, society ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, ambush, cia, conspiracy, sniper, politics, espionage, mercenary, president, drug cartel, assassination, helicopter ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: colombia, usa, washington d.c., venezuela, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the death of his girlfriend's daughter from a drug overdose, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) takes on the local drug cartel.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, revenge, hospital, police, one against many, one man army, gang, lone wolves, crimes, fighting crime, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York of a drug lord and his gang.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, surprise ending, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, murder, vigilantism, revenge, exploitation, vigilante, heroes, good versus evil, crimes, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, crimes, fighting the system, on the run, fighting crime, partners against crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: At a college visit to a war buddy's professor daughter, mercenary Treat Williams finds her brutally beaten. He then poses as a teacher to teach a lesson to the football jocks responsible.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, college, american football, hidden identity, dishonesty, youth, rivalry, crimes, buddies, vengeance, working undercover, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, siege, police corruption, criminal's revenge, survival, police station, crimes, master criminal, unlikely partners, violence, death, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Lion Strike (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dr. Johnny Wu becomes involved in a global Mafia arms cartel when they kidnap his son Bobby. The cartel, made-up of underworld leaders from around the world, become aware that he stumbled onto valuable information on a computer disk he possesses. ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: forest, one man army, master warrior, chase, heroes, gangsters, hitman, murder, kidnapping, martial arts, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%