Movies like Contraband

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Contraband (2012)
 6.5
 117K
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: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense, tense, twists and turns, suspense, entertaining, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, drug lord, gunfight, dishonesty, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, robbery, rivalry, danger, betrayal, ex convict, wanted, drugs/alcohol, one last job, criminal, delivery, security guard, chases and races, crime boss, ship captain, family in danger, financial problem, tough heroes, threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, boston

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Most similar movies to Contraband

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, twists and turns, suspenseful and realistic films with plots about betrayal, chase, gangsters, dialogue, mentor, crimes and crime mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Contraband: Run All Night (2015), Triple 9 (2016), Four Brothers (2005), Waist Deep (2006), Parker (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
 102K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, manhunt, gangsters, murder, haunted by the past, crimes, crime, revenge, parents and children, criminal heroes, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 67K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Action, 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: tense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, murder, police corruption, violence, betrayal, crime, crimes, law enforcement, dirty cop, corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, tel aviv israel, atlanta georgia, boston, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 135K
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: sentimental, rough, harsh, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, robbery, vengeance, violence, funeral, uncover truth, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, mob boss, parents and children, interracial adoption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, gang, chase, african american, gangsters, organized crime, ex convict, father son relationship, car chase, gang war, race against time, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 114K
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, robbery, crime, crimes, betrayal, tough heroes, fight scenes, romancing a criminal, cons and scams, jewel robbery, thief, money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, miami, new orleans, kentucky ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 122K
Max Payne (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: stylized, bleak, exciting, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, crimes, tough heroes, life is a bitch, noir, tough law enforcer, violence spree, righting the wronged, murder, assassin, mexican standoff, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ 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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, police corruption, violence, survival, danger, police station, crimes, master criminal, law enforcement, deadly, criminal's revenge, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 64K
Dead Man Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, criminal's revenge, gangsters, mob boss, blackmail, crime lord, crime, crimes, mysterious woman, danger, enemy, right hand man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.1
 66K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, race against time, dishonesty, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, nevada, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 343K
The Italian Job (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Italy, UK, Germany
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: twists and turns, exciting, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: heist, perfect crime, car chase, revenge, robbery, master criminal, hacker, mentor, gold, safecracker, caper, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s
Place: venice, italy, los angeles, europe, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 83K
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, exciting, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, smuggling, undercover, family relations, agent, suspicion, frame up, arrest, protective parent, forced into action, working undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, mexico, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 58K
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: suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, robbery, thief, armored car robbery, armored car, police brutality, bank, crimes, theft, chase, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 19K
Tracers (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wanted by the mafia, a New York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.
Style: exciting, serious, twists and turns, harsh, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: parkour, gang, chase, crimes, heist, chases and races, mysterious character, disorder, debt, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, money, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 132K
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: twists and turns, exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, neo noir, robbery, money, betrayal, violence, mafia, crimes, organized crime, criminal heroes, anti hero, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 34K
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gold, cons and scams, gang, jewelry, crimes, crime, blackmail, one last job, gunfight, neo noir, group of criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 45K
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: vengeance, crimes, drug cartel, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, police officer, cocaine, machismo, vigilantism, organized crime, heroes, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, los angeles, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, car chase, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crime, crimes, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.7
 30K
Armored (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, robbery, confined, chases and races, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, homeless, robbery gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.2
 76K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, crimes, uncover truth, conspiracy, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: twists and turns, stylized, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, conspiracy, heist, police corruption, police detective, criminal, crime, crimes, anti-hero, law enforcement, criminal heroes, anti hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, iceland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.6
 51K
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, crime, casino, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 27K
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: tense, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, prison life, car chase, crimes, crime, teaching the ways of the world, criminal heroes, betrayal, escapades, on the run, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 355K
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: captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, romancing a criminal, gunfight, group of criminals, robbery, gang, perfect crime, thief, crimes, chases and races, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 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: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chinatown, chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, triad, gang war, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 198K
2 Guns (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, exciting, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, undercover, corruption, bank robbery, cia, foe turned friend, working undercover, organized crime, betrayal, investigation, money, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, on the road, prison, heist, crime gone awry, gangsters, hitman, robbery, on the run, chase, crimes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new mexico, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 8K
Black Dog (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An ex-con takes a job driving a truck cross country. What he doesn't know is that the truck is filled with illegal weapons and now he must fight to survive and save his family.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: truck, car chase, chases and races, rescue, chase, danger, crimes, partners, race against time, on the run, one man army, ex convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 52K
Chaos (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two cops, a rookie and a grizzled vet, pursue an accomplished bank robber.
Style: surprise ending, exciting, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, heist, gangsters, bank robbery, police detective, police investigation, crime, crimes, law enforcement, hostages, robbery, fan ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Boiling Point (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, murder, investigation, prison, crimes, crime, redemption, working undercover, master criminal, vengeance, special agents, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 60K
Sabotage (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, swat team, drug cartel, police investigation, crime scene, vengeance, brutality, crimes, gory, dishonesty, deadly, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: mexico, georgia, usa, atlanta, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%