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The Heroin Busters (1977)
 6.7
 460
The Heroin Busters (1977)
Original name: La via della droga
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 132 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 to the back teeth with the local police force's incompetence, his only hope is to rely on one of his own men, Fabio (Fabio Testi), an officer so deep undercover that no-one but Hamilton knows who he really is. Even as Fabio gains the trust of cartel leader Gianni (John Loffredo), however, the dealers are edging ever closer to the truth, and when his cover is blown, the hunter becomes the hunted as Fabio finds himself alone in a desperate fight to survive.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, interpol, criminal heroes, crime, reluctant partners, special agents, drug dealing, ego clash, chases and races, law enforcement, partners, police investigation, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, chase, fighting crime, tough heroes, crimes, lesbian, violence, female nudity, neo noir, heroin, gunfight, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, italy, hong kong

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, law enforcement, rivalry, chases and races, murder and tough law enforcer mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Heroin Busters: The Tough Ones (1976), Century of the Dragon (1999), Blood in the Streets (1973), The Organization (1971), Firestorm (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.0
 851
The Tough Ones (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A tough, violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, psychopath, crime, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, crimes, danger, law enforcement, serial killer, fighting crime, vengeance, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rookie policeman Shing (Louis Koo) grapples with right and wrong in this action-packed story about Hong Kong gangsters. Assigned to go undercover, Shing is so successful in playing the part of a gang member that he becomes right-hand man to gang ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: moral dilemma, friendship, working undercover, crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, rivalry, undercover, gang, gangsters, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Blood in the Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An Italian prison official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released - but then kidnaps him himself, in order to ensure that the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, blackmail, chase, kidnapping, murder, danger, criminal heroes, crime, police investigation, friendship, male friendship, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Organization (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a group of young revolutionaries break into a company's corporate headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs for assistance.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heist, fighting the system, crime, police investigation, master criminal, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, army investigation, drug dealing, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 6.2
 2K
Firestorm (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam, armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, crime, law enforcement, robbery, police investigation, master criminal, tough law enforcer, against the rules, chase, heist, working undercover, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Syndicate Sadists (1975)
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, criminal's revenge, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, vengeance, vigilantism, tough heroes, crimes, rivalry, one man army, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.5
 1K
Contraband (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a graphic rape scene.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, violence, sadist, vengeance, chase, gang, gory, gangsters, crime, cigarette, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.4
 14K
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, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, police investigation, undercover, crime, hostages, master criminal, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, race against time, working undercover, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, manhattan new york city, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Long Arm of the Law: Part 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This sequel to the critically-acclaimed box-office winner Long Arm of the Law maintains the same stark realism of the original. In Saga Two, the Royal Hong Kong Police put into operation a new plan to counteract the problem of increasing violent ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, chase, gory, criminal heroes, police investigation, crime, gang, gangsters, master criminal, partners against crime, violence spree, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is probably the best example of a 70's Italian crime movie, though not the "best" movie of the genre (does that make sense?). It has, besides Saxon, an entirely Italian cast but most of them are pretty recognizable regulars in ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: sniper rifle, fire extinguisher, violence, uninhibited rivalry, tough heroes, crime, chases and races, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Against the Law (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A trigger-happy outlaw goes on the run and a burned out, disillusioned cop gives chase. They end up head-to-head in a Los Angeles shoot out.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, police investigation, crime, folk hero, lone wolves, master criminal, partners against crime, serial killer, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, track down, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 2.7
 417
Death Toll (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: New Orleans has the No. 1 per capita murder rating in the nation. A decade earlier the city was dubbed the "Murder Capital of the Country." Drugs and violence controlled the streets, taking a toll on the city's law enforcement, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, murder, police investigation, crime, criminal's revenge, master criminal, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, fighting crime, track down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, serial killer, crime, criminal's revenge, fugitives, bounty, government, master criminal, bank, prison, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Italian Connection (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but the real thieves want to get rid of him before the New York ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, hitman, vengeance, pimp, crime, criminal heroes, gangsters, chase, urban, manhunt, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Invisible Target (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Three cops team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who have their own hidden agenda.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, criminal heroes, gang, crime, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, chases and races, crimes, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Sinners and Saints (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In lawless storm ravaged New Orleans, eleaguered Detective Sean Riley is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. Facing a probable suspension from the department, Riley is teamed with a young homicide ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: semiautomatic pistol, gang war, street, street shootout, violence, police investigation, partners against crime, drugs/alcohol, crime, tough law enforcer, murder, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
 953
Street Law (1974)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, bulldozer, car chase, corruption, revenge, vengeance, gory, vigilantism, crimes, crime, urban, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Walker investigates a murder connected with a missing government weapon. In addition, he tries to track down a teen on the run from a crime syndicate.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: texas ranger, chase, bar fight, criminal heroes, police investigation, serial killer, youth, partners against crime, crime, on the run, chases and races, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Long Arm of the Law (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An ultra-violent and ultra-gritty tale of desperate Chinese would-be jewel thieves hoping to make a quick, effortless score in Hong Kong. Naturally, things go afoul, and the gang must hide out until the heat dies down, besmirched with the blood of ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: criminal heroes, gang, crime, cons and scams, store, heist, working undercover, crimes, dishonesty, partners, gangsters, master criminal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 1K
The Burglars (1971)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Athens a collection of emeralds is successfully stolen by a team of robbers, led by safe-cracker Azad. Things go smoothly until they miss the ship by which they planned their escape; a police chief pursues Azad while he waits for the next ship to ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, french noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, burglar, car chase, chase, criminal heroes, crime, theft, gang of thieves, chases and races, crimes, gangsters, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: greece, europe, france, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 2K
Almost Human (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't profitable enough, so he figures to hit the big time by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, rape, psycho killer, slasher, serial rapist, serial killer, violence, sex, robbery, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Destructors (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Marseille Contract is a 1974 British thriller film directed by Robert Parrish and scored by Roy Budd. It stars Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn and James Mason. It concerns an attempt to bring down a drugs baron, by hiring an assassin.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, special agents, crimes, drug dealer, assassin, law enforcement, assassination attempt, drug dealing, tough heroes, hitman, chases and races, taxi ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, marseille, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.0
 288
Under Cover (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A cop goes undercover in a South Carolina high school. With the help of a local narcotics officer, he investigates the drug ring responsible for another cop's death.
Style: rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, undercover, partners against crime, vengeance, crime, working undercover, crimes, law enforcement, partners, police investigation, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: south carolina, baltimore, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.1
 759
Violent Naples (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Inspector Betti (Maurizio Merli) is transferred to Naples and immediately after his arrival receives a warm welcome from The Commandante (Barry Sullivan), the city's crime lord. Betti then goes on a personal mission against corruption and ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, carjacking, police interrogation, crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, gang, urban, gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, heroin, drug addiction, police investigation, crime, investigation, illegal drugs, drug dealing, track down, addiction, drug abuse, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, marseille, seaport, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.2
 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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, crime, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, friends, buddies, drug dealing, police corruption, partners, prostitute, gun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 900
The Big Racket (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.
Plot: suicide, fight, revenge, gang rape, crooked lawyer, racketeer, beretta, stylized violence, molotov cocktail, grenade, armed robbery, police interrogation ...
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Eye in the Sky (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The head of an elite Hong Kong surveillance unit (Simon Yam) keeps one eye on his rookie apprentice (Kate Tsui) and the other on a notorious criminal (Tony Leung Ka Fai) he suspects of masterminding a recent jewel heist in this tense thriller from ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, undercover, crime, police investigation, fighting crime, undercover cop, track down, heist, crimes, law enforcement, criminal heroes, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.1
 496
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, tough heroes, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, vengeance, rivalry, car, mob violence, killing spree, strong language, shoulder holster ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 1K
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, vengeance, crime, crimes, law enforcement, chase, fighting crime, chases and races, rivalry, loss of partner, godparent, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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