Movies like The Defender

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The Defender (1994)
 6.5
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The Defender (1994)
Original name: 中南海保鑣
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is dispatched to help two Hong Kong cops protect the witness.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, neo noir, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bodyguard, martial arts, gangsters, hitman, chase, assassination attempt, murder, danger, woman in danger, police, assassin, witness, chinese army, crimes, fall in love, chases and races, law enforcement, opposites attract, deadly, witnessing a crime, rivalry, undercover, survival, airplane, henchman ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, china, asia, beijing china

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Most similar movies to The Defender

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, suspenseful, realistic and serious films with plots about death, martial arts, violence, fight, crimes, gunfight and fistfight mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Defender: Crying Freeman (1995), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Gen-X Cops (1999), The Protector (1985), Lion Strike (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Crying Freeman (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, danger, martial arts, rivalry, police investigation, gangsters, fight, assassination, falling in love, fall in love, heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, usa, san francisco, shanghai, tokyo ...
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous ...
Style: suspense, tense, neo noir, bloody, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, lone hero, one against many, warrior, hand to hand combat, bounty hunter, dark hero, manhunt, gun, tough guy, bandit, assassin ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 2K
Gen-X Cops (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four young officers of the Hong Kong Police are joined together to fight against organised crime using all possible means, even if this would lead them to break the law… Their first assignment is to eliminate a gang of criminals who have stolen a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: stylized violence, police, undercover, police investigation, tough law enforcer, save the day, partners against crime, track down, terrorism, martial arts, danger, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Protector (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, gangsters, gang, rescue, chase, law enforcement, urban, working undercover, against the odds, track down, city life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, new york, china, usa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 5.2
 368
Lion Strike (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dr. Johnny Wu becomes involved in a global Mafia arms cartel when they kidnap his son Bobby. The cartel, made-up of underworld leaders from around the world, become aware that he stumbled onto valuable information on a computer disk he possesses. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, kidnapping, chase, master warrior, one man army, gangsters, heroes, hitman, rivalry, escapades, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.2
 340
Mask of Death (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attempting to flee from the FBI, the criminal Frank Dallio kills Detective McKenna's wife, Rachel. McKenna himself is shot in the face by the professional killer Lyle Mason, who dies in a car crash shortly thereafter. The FBI persuades ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, hitman, assassination attempt, betrayal, undercover, gangsters, fbi, fistfight, tattoo, helicopter, timebomb, plastic surgery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 242
Deadly Target (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Chinese gangster in Los Angeles escapes on the eve of his deportation to Hong Kong. A martial-arts master detective and his ragtag team get caught up in the action as they track down this ruthless killer.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, martial arts, deadly, crimes, tough heroes, vengeance, heroes, chases and races, law enforcement, crime, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, hong kong, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.6
 33K
Police Story (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his name after he is framed for murder.
Style: humorous, stylized, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, chase, kung fu, murder, chases and races, drug lord, crime, crimes, law enforcement, goofy hero, corrupt law enforcer, car chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Replacement Killers (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, chase, police detective, on the run, attempted murder, chinatown, police raid, revenge, crime, crimes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: china, los angeles, hong kong, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.6
 3K
A Good Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, ex special forces, gangsters, martial arts, one man army, save the day, deadly, gang, rivalry, danger, crimes, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia, bucharest, romania, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.5
 329
Maximum Force (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three renegade cops team up to take on the corrupt chief of police and a crime lords hatchet-man.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, undercover, chase, prostitute, police detective, renegade, police officer, computer cracker, crime, partners, dishonesty, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Out for a Kill (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, martial arts, frame up, prison, murder, gangsters, organized crime, vigilante, vengeance, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, paris france, new york, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
New Police Story (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Sent into a drunken tailspin when his entire unit is killed by a gang of thrill-seeking punks, disgraced Hong Kong police inspector Wing (Jackie Chan) needs help from his new rookie partner, with a troubled past of his own, to climb out of the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hostage, gang, redemption, partner, crimes, hostages, revenge, rivalry, police, haunted by the past, birthday ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: hong kong, china, asia, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
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So Close (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: female assassin, hacker, one woman army, female martial artist, martial arts, vengeance, hitman, betrayal, chase, good versus evil, investigation, giant ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
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One in the Chamber (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, criminal heroes, crimes, danger, violence spree, chases and races, murder, corruption, mob hit, gangster, mob boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: prague, europe, prague czech republic, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.6
 8K
Skin Trade (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand, Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sex slavery, sex slave, human trafficking, martial arts, gangsters, tough law enforcer, crimes, crime, rivalry, master criminal, police investigation, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, usa, asia, cambodia, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.6
 662
Rage (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A corrupt right-wing militia group chooses a California teacher as the ideal specimen to clone for its army.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, laboratory, martial arts, danger, chase, missing person, violence spree, experiment gone awry, cloning, antidote, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 19K
Police Story 2 (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Hong Kong super-cop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of the first Police Story are out for revenge.
Style: humorous, stylized, rough, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, investigation, undercover, police investigation, fight, police officer, gang, police detective, police station, kung fu, criminal's revenge, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, usa, california, asia, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.
Style: humorous, suspenseful, intense, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police, gangsters, undercover, heroes, drug lord, kung fu, law enforcement, crimes, working undercover, undercover cop, farce ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: china, hong kong, thailand, asia, malaysia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.4
 4K
The Hitman (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After surviving an attempt on his life by his former partner, officer Cliff Garrett (Norris) exacts revenge on those who wronged him by going undercover as a hit man. He works to gain the reputation and trust needed in order to be accepted by the ...
Style: exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, martial arts, undercover, fighting crime, undercover cop, special agents, revenge, mafia, crimes, gang, working undercover, one man army ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places.
Style: serious, neo noir, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: chase, martial arts, undercover, vengeance, vigilantism, danger, police, fighting crime, chases and races, drug dealing, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Contract Killers (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Cavalier contract killer Lee-Seng (Rob Young) flees his vengeful employer and a ruthless assassin (James Trevena-Brown) after failing to eliminate a team of vigilantes intent on ridding their city of drug dealers. Meanwhile, as the bullets start to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, on the run, crimes, danger, rivalry, vengeance, law enforcement, deadly, murder, martial arts, car chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Assassination Games (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Romania
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brazil is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, karate, crimes, sniper, assassination, fight, crime boss, chases and races, partners, kickboxing, anti heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bucharest, ukraine, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.8
 48K
Hard Boiled (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of ...
Style: stylized, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, arms dealer, mafia, smuggling, massacre, loss of partner, mexican standoff, heroes, undercover, arms smuggling, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, revenge, murder, chase, investigation, gangsters, martial arts, danger, car chase, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.8
 8K
The Courier (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Gary Oldman stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier ...
Style: suspense, captivating, entertaining, exciting, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: danger, survival, crime boss, messenger, bomb, police, chase, gunfight, crimes, witnessing a crime, deadly, crime ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, tower bridge london, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 3K
Truck Turner (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Ex-football star turned skip-tracer, Turner specializes in bringing in the criminals police are too scared to chase, and when he's hired to capture sociopathic pimp Gator, he finds himself confronted by the most vicious killers in the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, chase, bail bondsman, organized crime, vengeance, law enforcement, chases and races, crime, danger, partners, track down, profanity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.8
 4K
Blackjack (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After saving Casey, a daughter of his friend, from hired assassins, Jack Devlin is hit with a strange phobia - fear of white color. But when his other friend, who works as a bodyguard for a supermodel, is wounded, Jack decides to step in for him. ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination attempt, one man army, heroes, chase, gangsters, danger, woman in danger, undercover, deadly, special agents, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: atlantic city new jersey, new york, atlantic city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 5K
Hitman (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Financially troubled, a newbie hitman reluctantly takes the job of finding the plotted killer of a Japanese tycoon.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, hitman, heroes, martial arts, yakuza, revenge, deadly, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, danger, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 4K
High Risk (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After failing to save his wife from 'The Doctor', Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an exhibition of the crown jewels of Russia at a Hong Kong ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: hostage, martial arts, heroes, danger, daring rescue, showbiz, skyscraper, terrorism, crimes, race against time, deadly, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%