Movies like The Connection

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The Connection (2014)
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The Connection (2014)
Original name: La French
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French Connection, a highly organized operation that controls the city's underground heroin economy and is overseen by the notorious —and reputedly untouchable— Gaetan Zampa. Fearless, determined and willing to go the distance, Pierre plunges into an underworld world of insane danger and ruthless criminals.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic, based on true events
Plot: judge, drug dealing, tough law enforcer, violence, corruption, husband wife relationship, mafia, justice, crimes, graphic violence, law enforcement, fighting crime, drug cartel, drug trade, prison, drugs, drug addict, police, gang, investigation, motorcycle, death, murder, weapons, hospital ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1981
Place: marseille, france, new york, usa

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Most similar movies to The Connection

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and exciting films with plots about crimes, law enforcement, graphic violence, police, murder, tough law enforcer and police officer mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Connection: The Stronghold (2020), The Loner (1987), Mea Culpa (2014), Diamond 13 (2009), Johan Falk: Spelets regler (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Stronghold (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police brigade working in the dangerous northern neighborhoods of Marseille, where the level of crime is higher than anywhere else in France.
Style: disturbing, suspense, tense, unusual plot structure, suspenseful
Plot: police, police officer, chase, crimes, partners against crime, law enforcement, murder investigation, friends, buddy cop, law enforcer, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, marseille
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The Loner (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A cop is looking for the killer of his friend.
Style: rough, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, loss of partner, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, police chase, police officer killed, graphic violence, godparent, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
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Mea Culpa (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Franck and Simon are both good cops. They work as partners. But their lives take a tailspin when Simon, driving drunk, causes a tragic car wreck. A few years later, out of the police, he is forced to take matters into his own hands when his family ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, crimes, vigilantism, partners, rivalry, law enforcement, graphic violence, witnessing a crime, life turned upside down, murder, car accident, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.1
 1K
Diamond 13 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cop goes up against his lifelong friend, who has become one of the city's biggest drug traffickers.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, dishonesty, crimes, buddies, law enforcement, partners, tough law enforcer, friends, graphic violence, police corruption, betrayal, female impersonator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Johan Falk: Spelets regler (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's been two years since John Falk and Frank Wagner broke their cooperation and Frank started working undercover with the police. Frank's search for Kevin crosses Johan's investigation and opens up a new collaboration between them - ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: crime investigation, crimes, graphic violence, drug dealing, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, drug smuggling, police procedural, murder, danger, urban, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Hunter Will Get You (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before killing them.
Style: exciting, rough, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, bounty hunter, heist, crimes, juvenile delinquency, tough law enforcer, police detective, tough heroes, working undercover, reluctant partners, master criminal, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, neo noir, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, drug lord, police brutality, drug dealing, investigation, gangsters, informant, frenchman, partnership, french, mafia, smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, marseille, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
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The Outsider (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In another typical Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicle, the French action hero plays a policeman prone to advancing the cause of justice by any means necessary. On his agenda is a powerful drug cartel working out of Paris and Marseilles, with a drug lord ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police officer, car chase, fighting crime, crimes, drug abuse, tough law enforcer, gangsters, hotshot hero, lone wolves, injustice, drug lord, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: paris france, france, europe, marseille, provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda insatser (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Johan works in tandem with the GSI organized crime unit to bring in a cadre of armored car robbers
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, robbery, law enforcement, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, partners, lifesaver, dishonesty, police corruption, graphic violence, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 45K
The Dead Pool (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the ...
Style: serious, suspense, neo noir, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police, reporter, prison, mafia, crimes, police investigation, against the rules, law enforcement, justice, murder, car chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.0
 77K
Shaft (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence ...
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, drug lord, private detective, police brutality, police officer, gunfight, corruption, crimes, police investigation, revenge, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
French Connection II (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: "Popeye" Doyle travels to Marsailles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York.
Style: neo noir, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: seaport, heroin, police officer, illegal drugs, drug addiction, investigation, drug smuggling, hunt down, police detective, smuggling, graphic violence, partners against crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, marseille, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.5
 34K
Raw Deal (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a ...
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, undercover, heroes, fbi, vengeance, crimes, gang, law enforcement, working undercover, tough heroes, rebellion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
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Nighthawks (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, undercover, hostage, crimes, master criminal, fighting crime, working undercover, tough law enforcer, chase, police, murder, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, london, paris france, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.3
 4K
Bullet (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Danny Trejo plays 'Bullet' a tough cop who takes the law into his own hands when his grandson is kidnapped.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, tough law enforcer, kidnapping, revenge, vigilantism, family relations, law enforcement, crimes, drug dealing, corruption, extortion, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mexico, california, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Cleopatra Jones (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A United States Special Agent is assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy her.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, special agents, drug dealing, chase, hitman, police, prostitute, murder, pimp, tough heroes, urban ghetto, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Heroin Busters (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Drug use in the city of Rome is at an all-time high. Children score from dealers in front of their schools, mules waltz straight through airport security, and Interpol's main man, Mike Hamilton (David Hemmings), is at his wits' end. Fed up ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, interpol, police investigation, partners against crime, chase, ego clash, reluctant partners, law enforcement, drug dealing, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 17K
36th Precinct (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of police while in the middle of a search for a gang of violent thieves. The movie is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, vengeance, gang, rivalry, crimes, police corruption, betrayal, ambition, law enforcement, workplace intrigue, tough law enforcer, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Harrigan (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Amongst the desperation and fear growing in a crime ridden estate in northern England, one man becomes embroiled into saving what community life exists.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: fighting crime, crimes, estate, law enforcement, gang, detective sergeant, murder, car chase, motorcycle chase, tough law enforcer, sergeant, danger ...
Time: year 1974, 70s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.2
 21K
Empire State (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company. He makes the mistake of mentioning the company's lax security to his best friend, Eddie ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, armored truck, unlikely criminals, armored car robbery, crimes, chase, embezzlement, ex cop, heist gone wrong, breaking and entering, crime boss, police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 2K
Johan Falk 5 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Johan Falk and his colleagues at the GSI go after sex traffickers importing young women from the East and forcing them into prostitution.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: murder, police, trafficking, law enforcement, crimes, graphic violence, tough law enforcer, human trafficking, criminal, surveillance, prostitute, hotel room ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 47K
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 ⇓
40%
 6.1
 4K
Essex Boys (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Billy has just scored an entry-level position with the local crime cartel. His first job is to mind Jason, a newly released thug with a vicious temper. Jason thinks it's his job to teach Billy about crime, drugs and women. Little does he know ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, drug dealer, police, murder, ambition, criminal's revenge, gang, criminal heroes, crimes, rivalry, rise and fall, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.8
 14K
Point Blank (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 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, exciting, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, on the run, hospital, woman in danger, life turned upside down, survival, ransom, wanted, confined, unlikely partners, kidnapping, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officer, Lt. Paul Cutler, is sent to train the Detroit S.W.A.T. team on new anti-terrorism and homeland security techniques. Cutler has a hard time settling into his assignment as he locks horns with his new captain and ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, hitman, fighting crime, daring rescue, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, crimes, rivalry, basic training, heroes, gunfight, ambush ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 2K
Go Fast (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Marek, a crime squad officer, sets out to avenge the death of his partner and best friend, who was killed by drug traffickers. He asks for a posting to a new undercover unit created to infiltrate a drug gang that imports hashish from Morocco using ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, vengeance, drug dealing, law enforcement, rivalry, gang, working undercover, loss of partner, car chase, crimes, marijuana, drug cartel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Johan Falk: Kodnamn Lisa (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Five men break into Frank Wagner's apartment. Frank is able to escape and seeks out the help of Johan Falk. Has someone leaked that Frank is working with the police? Frank and John do not know who knows what and who they can trust.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: organized crime, police, working undercover, crimes, undercover, gang, law enforcement, mafia, informant, double life, law enforcer criminal relations, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 3.8
 627
Mafia (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Ving Rhames, Pam Grier, and Robert Patrick headline this throwback action thriller set in 1975, and following a renegade cop who skirts the law in order to capture a ruthless crime boss.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, rivalry, vengeance, tough heroes, crimes, criminal heroes, graphic violence, police officer, murder, drug dealer, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 72K
Cobra (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: gang, serial killer, police investigation, murder, rivalry, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, tough law enforcer, resistance, tough heroes, prosecution ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 4K
One Good Cop (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his loyal longtime partner, a widower, is killed in the line of duty and leaves behind three young children, Artie Lewis (Michael Keaton), a dedicated New York City cop and his wife, Rita (Rene Russo), decide to take the kids in. But the lives ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, emotional, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: orphan, adoption, justice, undercover, drug dealer, murder, family relations, law enforcement, partner, crimes, fighting crime, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%