Movies like Taken 2008

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Taken (2008)
 7.8
 526K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, harsh, realistic, rough, intense, suspense, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, one man army, vigilantism, chase, rescue, daring rescue, danger, car chase, young woman, track down, human trafficking, tough heroes, father daughter relationship, chases and races, secret service, boat, vengeance, dark hero, abduction, prostitution, crimes, family drama, heroes, woman in danger, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, paris france

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, exciting, suspenseful and serious films with plots about chase, murder, crimes, violence, vengeance, revenge and shot in the chest mostly in Thriller, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like Taken: Man on Fire (2004), In the Blood (2014), 3 Days to Kill (2014), Cellular (2004), The Transporter (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.3
 265K
Taken 2 (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, violence, one man army, police chase, albanian, teenage daughter, u.s. embassy, stealing a car, bag over head, danger, boyfriend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: turkey, europe, asia, china, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 297K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, psychological, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, daring rescue, vigilantism, friendship, danger, lone hero, mercenary, bodyguard, diary, cia, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 158K
Taken 3 (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he's pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, murder, on the run, revenge, framed for murder, kidnapping, chase, protagonist as suspect, parent child relationship, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, europe, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 5.8
 10K
In the Blood (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Puerto Rico, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, missing person, vengeance, chases and races, female killer, crimes, rivalry, track down, danger, heroes, forced into action ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean, puerto rico, dominican republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 79K
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Serbia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. But first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: special agents, hitman, terminal illness, parents and children, danger, family relations, secret service, chases and races, family reunited, race against time, cia agent, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 85K
Cellular (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: kidnapping, police corruption, police, race against time, crime, rescue, hostage, mobile phone, chase, one man army, track down, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 262K
The Transporter (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, chases and races, danger, chase, delivery, one man army, lone hero, tough heroes, daring rescue, smuggling, escapades, fist fighting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, marseille provence, saint tropez ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 174K
Transporter 2 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Professional driver Frank Martin is living in Miami, where he is temporarily filling in for a friend as the chauffeur for a government narcotics control policymaker and his family. The young boy in the family is targeted for kidnapping, and Frank ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, kidnapping, martial arts, lone hero, race against time, war on drugs, chases and races, danger, deadly virus, bodyguard, virus, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 142K
Transporter 3 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Ukraine
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, one man army, delivery, kidnapping, disobey, chase, drugs/alcohol, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ukraine, budapest hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 128K
Commando (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, daring rescue, island, heroes, tough heroes, race against time, vengeance, adventure, rescue mission, daughter, father ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1985, twentieth century
Place: latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 292K
Speed (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hostages, bomb, danger, rescue, bus, hijacking, unlikely partners, save the day, chase, terrorism, highway, ransom ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 12K
Point Blank (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Samuel Pierret is a nurse who saves the wrong guy – a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife hostage to force him to spring their boss from the hospital. A race through the subways and streets of Paris ensues, and the body count ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hospital, kidnapping, on the run, race against time, danger, life turned upside down, chases and races, unlikely partners, woman in danger, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, gang, daring rescue, missing child, fist fighting, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, martial arts, heroes, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 93K
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, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, lone wolves, car chase, chase, mentor, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.2
 6K
Hunt to Kill (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorcée mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. But when a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes and his ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, hostage, daughter, kidnapping, tough heroes, chases and races, in the woods, wilderness, crimes, danger, deadly, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montana, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 398K
John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, crimes, revenge, assassin, violence, dog, righteous rage, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 279K
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, suspense, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, fighting crime, lone wolves, vigilante, righting the wronged, corruption, tough heroes, lone hero, vigilantism, heroes, organized crime, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 137K
The Mechanic (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, tense, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, chase, deception, teaching the ways of the world, boat, mentor, partners, revenge, betrayal, loss of friend, mafia, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, colombia, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.5
 95K
Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his action against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his boss' son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9-years-old daughter,Maddy. He decides to ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protector, small town, crimes, crime, ex law enforcer, tough heroes, gunfight, car chase, drug dealer, martial arts, sheriff, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, martial arts, prostitute, surveillance, french, government agency, police corruption, crime, crimes, dragon, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, paris france, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 115K
Killer Elite (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, rescue, secret service, mentor, hostage, secret society, violence, chase, desert, assassination, ex military ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: england, london, middle east, mexico, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 85K
Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, female assassin, vengeance, latinos, hitman, innocence lost, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, crimes, danger, uncle, female killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1992
Place: colombia, usa, chicago illinois, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 7.0
 216K
Crank (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, exciting, humorous, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, tough heroes, vengeance, assassin, car chase, lone hero, one man army, gory, race against time, gangsters, crime, fist fighting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: car chase, car race, gang, chase, chases and races, theft, law enforcement, undercover, crimes, danger, mechanic, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.4
 8K
Black Dog (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An ex-con takes a job driving a truck cross country. What he doesn't know is that the truck is filled with illegal weapons and now he must fight to survive and save his family.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, car chase, fugitives, one man army, chases and races, rivalry, rescue, fbi, danger, truck, hijacking, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 29K
22 Bullets (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Charly Matteï has turned his back on his life as an outlaw. For the last three years, he's led a peaceful life devoting himself to his wife and two children. Then, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the parking garage in ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, revenge, violence, murder, shooting, chase, left for dead, hospital, criminal's revenge, cemetery, crime, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 4.4
 5K
Kite (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa, a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa's mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: violence, drugs/alcohol, vengeance, young heroes, girls with guns, vigilantism, tough girl, female killer, haunted by the past, betrayal, organized crime, woman kills a man ...
Time: near future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.6
 234K
Fast & Furious (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: car chase, car race, chase, gang, chases and races, crimes, rivalry, buddies, fighting crime, track down, friends, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, latin america, usa, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
From Paris with Love (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: James Reese has a good job as an ambassador's aid in France, but his real passion is a side gig, working in a minor role in the CIA. He would love to be a full-fledged agent and can't believe his luck when he lands an assignment with ...
Style: twists and turns, semi serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, one man army, hotshot hero, undercover, partners, danger, unlikely partners, spy, tough heroes, french, chases and races, cia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, pakistan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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