Movies like Taken

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Taken (2008)
 7.8
 598K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 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: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, suspense, entertaining, harsh, serious, intense, breathtaking, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, vigilantism, human trafficking, one man army, revenge, chase, dark hero, father daughter relationship, lone hero, secret service, abduction, tough heroes, child abduction, woman in danger, car chase, rescue, crimes, cia, gunfight, spy, vengeance, violence, daring rescue, ex cia agent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, usa, north america

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Most similar movies to Taken

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and exciting films with plots about violence, betrayal, murder, shot in the chest, gun, vengeance and revenge mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Taken: John Wick (2014), The Equalizer (2014), Man on Fire (2004), Safe (2012), The Transporter (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 306K
Taken 2 (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Turkey, UK
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: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, revenge, lone hero, one man army, brutality, chase, kidnapped, vigilante, torture, violence, police chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, europe, usa, balkan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 616K
John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, China
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, neo noir, brutal, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, vigilante, revenge, one man army, gangsters, lone hero, gunfight, assassin, tough guy, killer, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.2
 367K
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, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, lone hero, one man army, corruption, hitman, gunfight, loner, assassin, fighting crime, tough heroes, ex soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, moscow russia, russia, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 192K
Taken 3 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, breathtaking ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: revenge, one man army, kidnapping, murder, runaway, on the run, frame up, hostage, police investigation, framed for murder, crimes, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, europe, california, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 360K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
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: tense, rough, suspense, brutal, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, revenge, vengeance, vigilantism, lone hero, vigilante, justice, mercenary, cia, child abduction, bodyguard, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.5
 111K
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, serious, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, organized crime, chase, protector, ex military, gunfight, mafia, martial arts, kidnapping, bodyguard, on the run, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, north america, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 302K
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, sexy, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: lone hero, chase, tough guy, car chase, car, one man army, escapades, tough heroes, ex military, fight scenes, one against many, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, nice france, hong kong, europe, provence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassin, one man army, super soldier, murder, killer, assassination, lone hero, bodyguard, crimes, secret identity, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: berlin germany, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 101K
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, sexy, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, race against time, hostage, cell phone, home invasion, police, police corruption, psychopath, conspiracy, murder, family in danger, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: exciting, intense, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, conspiracy, police corruption, kung fu, heroin, murder, framed for murder, prostitute, fight, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, hong kong, china, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 101K
Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
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, suspenseful, intense, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: female assassin, vengeance, female killer, revenge, hitman, tough girl, crimes, assassin, one against many, lone hero, vigilantism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, year 1992, contemporary, 90s
Place: colombia, latin america, south america, new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 109K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, intense, stylized, neo noir, tense ...
Plot: gangsters, hitman, on the run, murder, redemption, manhunt, crimes, assassin, father son relationship, organized crime, brutality, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 94K
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, intense, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: hitman, special agents, cia, secret service, terminal illness, family relations, parents and children, spy, family reunited, espionage, one last job, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.7
 159K
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, tense, serious, captivating, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, one man army, commando, kidnapping, machismo, mercenary, rescue, hostage, warrior, revenge, father, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: california, los angeles, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 167K
Transporter 3 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
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, absurd, road movie, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: car chase, one man army, car, martial arts, tough guy, murder, fistfight, chase, kidnapping, delivery, tough heroes, driving ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ukraine, budapest
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.3
 203K
Transporter 2 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Germany
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: sexy, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, car chase, kidnapping, fight scenes, martial arts, weapons, car, bodyguard, virus, mentor, explosions, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, france, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
From Paris with Love (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, UK, USA
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, entertaining, semi serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: spy, terrorism, cia, one man army, heroic mission, embassy, hotshot hero, chase, partners, undercover, espionage, cia agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
 161K
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, stylized, tense, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, chase, assassin, lone hero, loner, tough guy, mentor, martial arts, gangsters, revenge, mafia, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, chicago illinois, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 5.7
 12K
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: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, tough girl, one woman army, female martial artist, crimes, spouse in danger, missing person, vengeance, track down, kidnapping, strong female lead, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean, puerto rico, dominican republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Bullet to the Head (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Switzerland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Style: exciting, intense, brutal, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough guy, revenge, corruption, hitman, mercenary, tough law enforcer, vengeance, organized crime, conspiracy, murder, police corruption, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, future, 80s, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, 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: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, prison, justice, vigilantism, master criminal, murder, fighting the system, mind game, death, investigation, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.5
 45K
Stolen (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Master thief Will Montgomery is just released from the State penitentiary after serving a 10 year sentence, is contacted by Vincent, his ex comrade in crime, who is holding Will’s teenage daughter ransom in a hijacked taxi cab. Vincent will only ...
Style: exciting, intense, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, heist, fbi, father daughter relationship, robbery, car chase, chase, money, crimes, violence, thief, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Direct Contact (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An imprisoned ex-US Special forces operative in Eastern Europe, is offered his freedom and money to rescue an American woman, who has been kidnapped by a ruthless warlord. But, shortly after freeing her discovers that the kidnap story was just a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, prison, daring rescue, adventure, confined, tough heroes, crimes, rescue, one man army, father daughter relationship, prison fight, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, russia, balkan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his housekeeper’s daughter is kidnapped, Rambo crosses the U.S.-Mexican border to bring her home but finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most ruthless cartels.
Style: tense, serious, emotional, captivating, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: lone hero, vigilante, violence, one man army, vengeance, post traumatic stress disorder, human trafficking, rambo, death, final battle, brutality, justice ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: mexico, arizona, usa, sonora
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 107K
Faster (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has spent the last 10 years in prison planning revenge for the murder of his brother. Now that Driver is free to carry out his deadly plan only two men stand in his way- Billy Bob Thornton plays a veteran cop and Oliver ...
Style: stylized, twists and turns, intense, brutal, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, hitman, vengeance, revenge, police investigation, corruption, crimes, vigilantism, vigilante, justice, one man army, hotshot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 70K
District B13 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.
Style: exciting, stylized, buddy movie, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, fight, parkour, undercover cop, ghetto, crimes, tough guy, bomb, race against time, bully, betrayal ...
Time: future, near future, year 2010, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, hong kong, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 379K
Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de ...
Style: entertaining, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, car race, car, street racing, organized crime, tough heroes, freedom, on the run, favela, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, tokyo, latin america, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.8
 12K
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: exciting, suspense, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: justice, vigilantism, crimes, police investigation, vengeance, complex characters, murder, mafia, gangsters, death of brother, brother brother relationship, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, kentucky, san francisco, usa, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, revenge, chase, investigation, murder, gangsters, martial arts, track down, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 4.8
 2K
The Cutter (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A former cop turned Los Angeles P.I. takes on a case of a missing diamond cutter that leads him on an adventure of love and villainy spanning of mob to the present day Jewelry District.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, rescue, one man army, chase, missing person, martial arts, police investigation, daring rescue, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, escapades, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, germany, europe, usa, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%