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To Be the Best (1993)
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To Be the Best (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eric Kulhane, a member of the U.S. Kickboxing Team, lets his quick temper and obsessive love for beautiful Cheryl make him the perfect target for blackmail. In order to stop ruthless gambler from rigging the World Championship and killing Cheryl, Eric and his father, his American teammates and their most feared Chinese opponents join for an explosive climax which rocks the Las Vegas Strip.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, kickboxing, crimes, drug abuse, vengeance, strong sexual content, heroes, obsession, gambling, contests and competitions, betrayal, graphic violence, ambition, master warrior, dishonesty, criminal heroes, gory, drugs/alcohol, rivalry, tough heroes, profanity, drugs, broken nose, drug
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and rough films with plots about martial arts, rivalry, heroes, crimes, master warrior, graphic violence and tough heroes mostly in Action, Drama and Sport genres. Some movies like To Be the Best: Deadly Bet (1992), Shootfighter II (1996), American Kickboxer (1991), Without Mercy (1995), Fist 2 Fist (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Deadly Bet (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, rivalry, gangsters, crime, ambition, tough heroes, alcohol abuse, redemption, gambling, obsession, sport ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
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100%
Shootfighter II (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, deadly, master warrior, crimes, working undercover, vengeance, danger, ambition, heroes, contests and competitions, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Nick and Ruben are hoodwinked into a "shootfighter" (no-holds-barred, to the death) martial arts match by the evil Mr. Lee, who has a grudge against world shootfighter champ(and teacher of Nick and Ruben) Shingo.
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battles, gory, strong violent content, stash, adoption, graphic violence, crimes, ambition, deadly, danger, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
American Kickboxer (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. Will B.J. accept and get even with Denard?
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, kickboxing, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, uninhibited rivalry, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Without Mercy (1995)
Genre: Action
Country: Indonesia, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: He' s been betrayed by his country, stripped of his honor and exiled to a foreign land. Now maverick Marine officer Frank Zagarino has found a way to get back what was stolen from him. And he'll get it-no matter what it takes.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, master warrior, betrayal, crimes, lone wolves, heroes, dishonesty, one man army, law enforcement, rivalry, partners against crime, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, vietnam, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 3.5
 147
Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, master warrior, fight, redemption, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, ambition, crimes, rivalry, tough guy, martial arts, martial arts training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Shaolin Temple (1976)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 126 min.
Story: There is no place more hallowed in the martial art world than China's Shaolin Temple. This special place deserves a special epic, which is what the martial arts maestro delivers in this battle between a brave brand of Chinese boxers and ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: martial arts, shaolin kung fu, master warrior, dishonesty, heroes, betrayal, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, vengeance, kung fu, cult, shaolin ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.7
 514
Final Impact (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former kick-boxing world champion discovers a young fighter, and believes together they can win back the world crown.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: martial arts, swimming pool, training, kickboxing, vengeance, teachers and students, heroes, tough heroes, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, ohio, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, ambition, hopes, good versus evil, heroes, best friends, deadly, rivalry, crimes, battles, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mission of Justice (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mayoral candidate Dr. Rachel Olsen (Brigitte Nielsen) has a dangerous plan for swift justice in the form of a band of ex-convicts, called the Peacemakers, who roam the streets to do her bidding. When a boxer friend (Tony Burton) is killed by ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, vigilantism, crimes, deadly, rivalry, crime, injustice, working undercover, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal heroes, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Amsterdam Heavy (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: CIA Agent Martin Keele (Michael Madsen - Reservoir Dogs Kill Bill) sets the wheels spinning in this gritty urban action thriller, as mysterious gangster J.D. goes on the rampage in Amsterdam, stopping at nothing to uncover those who have betrayed him
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, race against time, vengeance, criminal heroes, betrayal, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, track down, mixed martial arts, special agents, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: amsterdam, holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
TEKKEN: Kazuya's Revenge (2014)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man, Kazuya Mishima, wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel room without any recollection of who he is or how he got there. He is tormented by flashes of his past and by the face of an ominous stranger. The next thing he knows, Kazuya is ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, futuristic
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, deadly, dishonesty, rivalry, tough heroes, danger, hitman, memory loss, graphic violence, amnesia, heroes ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Shadow Boxer (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Chen Wo-Fu plays construction worker Ku Ting, whose skill at "tai chi" (shadow boxing) is as great as his pacifism. But when his girlfriend is raped by vicious gangsters, he shows everyone the true power and beauty of tai chi.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, vengeance, tough heroes, forced into action, graphic violence, gangsters, rivalry, heroes, crimes, one man army, master warrior ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.3
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Showdown (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police detective, crimes, contests and competitions, good versus evil, rivalry, danger, youth, teenage life, school, kickboxer, roundhouse kick ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Balance of Power (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money. Then when one of his students is gunned down in the street by the gang, he swears revenge. Meanwhile ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, wrestler, dojo, criminal's revenge, gangsters, master criminal, heroes, contests and competitions, good versus evil, master warrior, prodigy ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
American Shaolin (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into ...
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, master warrior, escapades, contests and competitions, misfit, vengeance, fish out of water, uninhibited rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.7
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U.S. Seals II (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At a secret Russian nuclear missile base, an ex-U.S. SEAL member is planning to launch a missile strike on the United States, and the only way to stop him is with the best of the best. Because of a natural gas refinery leak, the newly formed team ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, terrorism, crimes, daring rescue, heroes, race against time, military, master warrior, danger, soldier, heroic mission, military base ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Sticks of Death (1986)
Genre: Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man masters the ancient art of arnis with the help of his grandfather to get revenge on a group of crooks who attempted to beat him to death.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, dishonesty, crimes, deadly, contests and competitions, rivalry, cons and scams, vengeance, criminal heroes, gangsters, danger, heroes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Tiger Claws (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The police does not know what to do. They have to deal with a serial killer who aims at martial arts masters. One after another is killed in the same brutal way. This may be a chance for detective Linda Masterson to work on her first murder case. ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, serial killer, crimes, murder, tough heroes, police detective, police investigation, master criminal, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, master warrior ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Hawk's Vengeance (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Eric Hawke a British Marine, attends the funeral of his policeman brother who he discovers has been attempting to investigate the mysterious kidnappings and murders of a local Asian street gang. The clues seem to point to a rival Nazi white ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, hitman, marine, graphic violence, tough heroes, battles, gang, undercover, crime, criminal heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Bangkok Assassins (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Five kids fled from a mafia who abused them as beggars. They ended up meeting the great kung fu master who adopted them and taught them how to fight. Now, the kids are grownups and become the magnificent five kung fu fighters who have only one ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin kung fu, martial arts, kung fu, kung fu master, crimes, youth, vengeance, rivalry, teenage life, graphic violence, young heroes, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Sword Identity (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: During the Ming Dynasty one man will request a competition when his weapon is rejected. After a series of fights he is determined to prove his sword is invincible.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, disorder, master warrior, against the odds, heroes, mistaken identity, contests and competitions, mysterious character, ambition, sword fight, kung fu, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Pushed to the Limit (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Magnificent Mimi is a woman with a destiny and a bright future ahead of her. She is the world's greatest female wrestling champion, she has a loving boyfriend and loyal family members who care and love her. But things take a turn for the worst ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: martial arts, murder, revenge, heroes, crimes, master warrior, crime, deadly, criminal's revenge, gangsters, tough heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Avenging Quartet (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, dishonesty, heroes, life is a bitch, danger, forgery, escapades, uncover truth, violence spree, love triangle, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.8
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Raven (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Martin Grant has been hiding for years to escape his past as a ruthless mercenary in the elite force Raven Team. He's recently been engaged and are trying to forget the nightmares of murder and betrayal. Martin was convinced, that he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, danger, adventure, manhunt, obsessive quest, chases and races, crimes, government agency, graphic violence, distopia, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 552
Blackbelt (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Don "The Dragon" Wilson is back and forced to take on the greatest legends of the martial arts world. Wilson fights off all comers while defending rock superstar Shanna (Deirdre Imershein) against the insane attacks of a fanatical veteran ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bodyguard, martial arts, serial killer, murder, stalking, vietnam war, investigation, one man army, psychopath, vigilantism, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.2
 550
Underground (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds barred competition that will push each fighter to their ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, rivalry, crimes, danger, heroes, master warrior, escapades, fighting crime, underdog, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Assassin's Game (2015)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Legendary hitman Vet Jones never expected to accept another mission. But when his son fails to assassinate an important target, and a powerful crime boss gives Jones an ultimatum - finish the job or his son dies - Jones has no choice but to accept. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, family relations, disorder, parents and children, master warrior, deadly, danger, crimes, heroes, on the run, martial arts, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 3.5
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Fearless Tiger (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Canada, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A man's brother dies of an overdose from a new and potent drug introduced by a drug gang. He puts off his wedding to a beautiful model and postpones taking over the family business while he travels to Hong Kong to learn Tiger Claw kung fu from ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, martial arts, tough heroes, graphic violence, wedding, adventure, betrayal, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, hopes, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
China O'Brien (1990)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: China O'brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is now struggling against the clutches of organized crime. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, society, deadly, heroes, opposites attract, dealing with death, rivalry, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, fighting crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%