Movies like Contraband

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Contraband (2012)
 6.5
 111K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, suspense, intense, tense, harsh, clever, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, crimes, criminal heroes, dishonesty, criminal, danger, smuggling, crime, gunfight, betrayal, heist, ex convict, financial problem, delivery, ship captain, robbery, convict, husband wife relationship, family in danger, lone hero, chase, gangsters, brutality, security guard, head wound ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, boston

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspense, realistic and suspenseful films with plots about corruption, betrayal, dialogue, mentor, gangsters, crime and storytelling mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Contraband: Max Payne (2008), Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), Four Brothers (2005), Takers (2010), Triple 9 (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.4
 117K
Max Payne (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: life is a bitch, crimes, tough heroes, tough law enforcer, revenge, violence spree, dark hero, righting the wronged, murder, noir, police, anger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, brutality, survival, night vision goggles, deception, police station, exploding bus, junkie, machine gun, silencer, power outage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 124K
Four Brothers (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers.
Style: serious, rough, sentimental, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, robbery, vengeance, violence, interracial adoption, revenge, crime, funeral, interrogation, insurance, musician, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 53K
Takers (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse Attica (Chris Brown) successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, robbery, crime, helicopter, police brutality, thief, chase, criminal heroes, gang, crimes, partners, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
 59K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: heist, murder, police corruption, bank robbery, violence, betrayal, crime, bag of money, dirty cop, law enforcement, corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, tel aviv israel, boston, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 48K
Chaos (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two cops, a rookie and a grizzled vet, pursue an accomplished bank robber.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, police detective, police investigation, crime, gangsters, law enforcement, hostages, crimes, robbery, fan, dirty cop ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 42K
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, vengeance, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, cocaine, organized crime, crime, fighting crime, revenge, tough heroes, danger, tragic hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, california, latin america, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 313K
The Italian Job (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Charlie Croker pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that he didn't plan on was being double-crossed. Along with a drop-dead gorgeous safecracker, Croker and his team take off to re-steal the loot and end up in a pulse-pounding, ...
Style: exciting, realistic, stylized, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, heist, perfect crime, revenge, cons and scams, betrayal, robbery, murder, crime, safecracker, gold, hacker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, europe, venice, california, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Upon learning that he has to come out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother Kip's life, former car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines enlists help from a few "boost happy" pals to accomplish a seemingly ...
Style: exciting, suspense, entertaining, intense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, master criminal, heist, organized crime, crime, criminal heroes, race against time, blackmail, danger, partners, betrayal, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.6
 45K
Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, casino, crime, bodyguard, gangsters, tough heroes, lone wolves, dishonesty, betrayal, violence, brutality, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 92K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, serious, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: on the run, hitman, murder, revenge, manhunt, crime, haunted by the past, gangsters, parents and children, father son relationship, criminal heroes, gangster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 24K
Son of a Gun (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, prison life, prison, car chase, crime, criminal heroes, robbery, teaching the ways of the world, betrayal, murder, on the run, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mine, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 319K
The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, group of criminals, girlfriend, brutality, police investigation, flower shop, money laundering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Welcome to the Punch (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.
Style: stylized, serious, twists and turns, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, conspiracy, assassin, police corruption, criminal, crime, master criminal, police detective, law enforcement, criminal heroes, organized crime, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, iceland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.9
 9K
Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, kidnapping, chase, drug lord, hip hop, race against time, gangsters, crime, urban, crimes, hoodlum, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 124K
Payback (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, ...
Style: rough, serious, twists and turns, clever, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, neo noir, vengeance, betrayal, money, criminal, heroin, mafia, robbery, crime, trap, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 31K
Heist (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore ...
Style: clever, talky, suspenseful, witty, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gold, neo noir, jewelry, blackmail, cons and scams, crime, gang, one last job, master criminal, verbal byplay, bank robber ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 93K
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: rough, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, vengeance, tough heroes, ex convict, crime, policewoman, corruption, prisoner, law enforcement, revenge, hitman, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.2
 104K
Parker (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, heist, crimes, robbery, jewel robbery, betrayal, fight scenes, cons and scams, car chase, blood, money, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, kentucky, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 77K
Snitch (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: undercover, smuggling, agent, drug dealing, arrest, drug lord, frame up, working undercover, suspicion, family relations, injustice, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, mexico, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 11K
Shade (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, crime, vengeance, gangsters, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, cons and scams, rivalry, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 97K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, prison escape, vacation, crime, thief, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, corruption, criminal heroes, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 21K
Thief (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, stylized, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, neo noir, betrayal, thief, convict, safe, crime, vengeance, safecracker, one last job, urban, idealist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.0
 17K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Danny is a young cop partnered with Nick, a seasoned but ethically tainted veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny relies on Nick but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the way Nick gets things done.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, chase, murder, chinatown, triad, police, crime, gangsters, deadly, police investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 277K
Jackie Brown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan—with help from a bail bondsman—to keep the money ...
Style: serious, talky, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, heist, crime, airport, stewardess, racial slur, cons and scams, deception, greed, crimes, gangster, deal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.8
 30K
Hard Rain (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Get swept up in the action as an armored car driver (Christian Slater) tries to elude a gang of thieves (led by Morgan Freeman) while a flood ravages the countryside. Hard Rain is "a wild, thrilling, chilling action ride" filled with close ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, evacuation, crime, dishonesty, danger, disaster film, armored car, chase, redemption, rain, sheriff, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.1
 31K
Get Carter (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Remake of the British classic. Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, travels back to his hometown of Seattle for his brother's funeral. During this visit, Carter realizes that the death of his brother was not accidental, but a ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ritual, hitman, murder, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, vengeance, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, rivalry, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 3K
Renegades (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Buster McHenry (Sutherland) is as an undercover agent for the police. His mission involves him in a robbery. Buster gets shot but Hank Storm (Phillips), an Indian, helps Buster. Since Hank wants a spear in the possession of the criminals that Buster ...
Style: rough, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, heist, law enforcement, partners against crime, undercover, vengeance, crime, gangsters, reluctant partners, undercover cop, working undercover, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.9
 16K
Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, betrayal, gangsters, murder, master criminal, partners against crime, vengeance, against the odds, law enforcement, redemption, political corruption, mafia ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 102K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, twists & turns, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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