Movies like Taken

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Taken (2008)
 7.8
 535K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 94 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, dark hero, rescue, daring rescue, human trafficking, danger, father daughter relationship, car chase, young woman, track down, tough heroes, prostitution, chases and races, secret service, family drama, boat, fight scenes, vengeance, moral ambiguity, albanian, torture, abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france, arc de triomphe paris

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Most similar movies to Taken

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, exciting, realistic and serious films with plots about chase, violence, shot in the chest, revenge, murder, danger and shot to death mostly in Thriller, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like Taken: Man on Fire (2004), 3 Days to Kill (2014), Commando (1985), The Transporter (2002), Cellular (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 271K
Taken 2 (2012)
Genre: Action, 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, violence, one man army, bag over head, albanian, u.s. embassy, police chase, stealing a car, teenage daughter, danger, boyfriend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: turkey, europe, paris france, asia, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 163K
Taken 3 (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Spain, UK, Germany
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, suspenseful, realistic ...
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, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.7
 305K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico
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, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, daring rescue, lone hero, vigilantism, friendship, mercenary, danger, justice, bodyguard, diary, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 81K
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, secret service, parents and children, danger, terminal illness, family relations, race against time, cia agent, chases and races, undercover, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 132K
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: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, heroes, father, vengeance, gunfight, danger, commando, hostage, machismo, rescue, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1985
Place: latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 267K
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, one man army, lone hero, danger, chase, delivery, transportation, tough heroes, lone wolves, daring rescue, smuggling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, riviera, marseille provence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 87K
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, twists & turns, rescue, hostage, mobile phone, one man army, track down, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: brutal, serious, emotional, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, gang, daring rescue, martial arts, missing child, drug lord, fist fighting, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.5
 95K
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, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, chase, organized crime, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, lone wolves, car chase, gangsters, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 178K
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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, entertaining, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, kidnapping, car chase, martial arts, race against time, war on drugs, chases and races, danger, virus, fight scenes, mentor, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 93K
Patriot Games (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets Jack and his family as revenge.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, assassination, assassin, cia, danger, rivalry, spy, boat chase, government agency, secret agents, family in danger, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, ireland, washington d.c., maryland, scotland yard ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, suspenseful, realistic, 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: usa, montana, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: vengeance, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, death, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.8
 13K
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, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police corruption, heroin, prostitute, framed for murder, surveillance, french, government agency, crimes, crime, dragon, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 87K
Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, 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, stylized, suspenseful, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vengeance, female assassin, latinos, crimes, danger, uncle, assassin, rivalry, vigilante, orchid, sniper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1992
Place: colombia, usa, chicago illinois, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 422K
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: serious, stylized, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, one man army, gangsters, criminal's revenge, righteous rage, russian mafia, murder, violence spree, widower, dark hero, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.6
 16K
The Prince (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A family man who turns out to be a retired mob enforcer must travel across the country to find his daughter who has gone missing.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, daring rescue, drugs/alcohol, crime, missing, justice, retired, missing daughter, crimes, danger, confined, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.2
 297K
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: suspense, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, lone hero, fighting crime, lone wolves, vigilante, corruption, righting the wronged, organized crime, crime, tough heroes, gory, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 98K
Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protector, small town, crimes, drug dealer, martial arts, crime, ex law enforcer, tough heroes, gunfight, car chase, undercover cop, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white house, terrorism, president, hostages, daring rescue, one man army, secret service, secret agents, tough heroes, save the day, terrorist attack, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., north korea, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.2
 711K
Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, heist, hostage, save the day, violence, skyscraper, terrorist, fbi, race against time, marital problem, confined, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.1
 11K
The Patriot (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A deadly virus threatens to wipe out an entire Rocky Mountain town, leaving the town doctor to find some way to escape the soldiers who enforce the town's quarantine and devise an antidote. Matters take a more deadly turn after the physician is ...
Style: serious, rough, melancholic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, laboratory, race against time, rescue, save the day, hospital, chaos and mayhem, plague, danger, deadly, virus, farm ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: montana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, chases and races, cia, fighting the system, manhunt, danger, secret agents, conspiracy, uncover truth, violence, corruption, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, europe, madrid, moscow russia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 117K
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, mentor, rescue, secret service, hostage, mercenary, violence, desert, secret society, assassination, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: london, middle east, mexico, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer ...
Style: exciting, suspense, twists and turns, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: fbi, terrorism, hacker, car chase, violence, explosion, tough law enforcer, hostage, kidnapping, surveillance, chaos, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The November Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex- CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, undercover, agent, save the day, danger, heroes, retired, spy, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, moscow russia, chechnya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Marine 3: Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A Marine must do whatever it takes to save his kidnapped niece and stop a terrorist attack masterminded by a radical militia group.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, terrorist, terrorism, kidnapping, one man army, daring rescue, tough heroes, danger, heroes, military, hostages, save the day ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.
Style: stylized, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, small town, corruption, hitman, vengeance, drug lord, assassination attempt, gunfight, gangster, murder, deadly weapon, cia agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 146K
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, rough, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, car chase, disobey, delivery, kidnapping, drugs/alcohol, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes, heroes, rivalry, lone wolves ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ukraine, budapest hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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