Movies like American Brawler

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American Brawler (2013)
 4.1
 334
American Brawler (2013)
Original name: Barrio Brawler
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A martial arts instructor must enter the world of illegal pit fighting in order to save his family and his dojo.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: martial arts, crimes, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, dishonesty, gambling, fight, wrestler, corruption, underground fighting, violence, battles, father son relationship, fight club, latin, brother brother relationship, mixed martial arts, reunion, bar, gun, held at gunpoint, knocked out, barefoot, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco

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Most similar movies to American Brawler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, crimes, martial arts, contests and competitions, violence, ambition and fight mostly in Action, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like American Brawler: Among Dead Men (2008), Beatdown (2010), The Waiter (2010), Never Surrender (2009), Death Warrior (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 3.4
 143
Among Dead Men (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Bobby Delgado, undefeated MMA World Champion is incarcerated for eight years after accidentally killing his opponent. During this period of purgatory, Bobby experiences a paranormal 'life changing' event that will dictate his future path ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, redemption, vengeance, rivalry, heroes, tough heroes, crimes, contests and competitions, ambition, survival, prisoner, strongman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.5
 1K
Beatdown (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Brandon, a respected street fighter, is forced to flee the city after his brother is murdered and the money that was supposed to be paid back to a local gangster is stolen. While lying low at his father's house in a small Southern town, Brandon ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underground fighting, family relations, martial arts, rivalry, contests and competitions, power relations, tough heroes, athlete and trainer, street fight, fight, small town, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.9
 240
The Waiter (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man travels through corporate corruption and his own sin to find his soul.
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: hitman, heroes, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, tough guy, gunfight, violence, wind, battles, greed, arab ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Never Surrender (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: From the cage to the big screen, the world's greatest Mixed Martial Arts Champions come together for the first time in a major motion picture. When an MMA world champion is lured into the illegal world of underground cage fighting by an elusive ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: underground fighting, cage fighting, martial arts, contests and competitions, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, tough heroes, heroes, mixed martial arts, mentor, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 2.8
 695
Death Warrior (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gritty MMA fighter is forced into a twisted, underground gambling ring in which he must fight to the death with other MMA fighters in order to save his wife from certain death at the hands of a maniacal crime boss. In a desperate race against ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, survival, contests and competitions, ambition, violence, mortal combat, murder, tough heroes, heroes, master warrior, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Fatal Contact (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroes, adventure, contests and competitions, athlete's life, rivalry, street fighter, tough heroes, fight, crime boss, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Green Street 3: Never Back Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An old firm leader returns to Green Street for Revanche after receiving a call that his little brother was killed, but is he able to cope with a new type of hooliganism and can he find his killer?
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underground fighting, gang, society, ambition, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, martial arts, violence spree, friends, hooliganism, graphic violence, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.2
 3K
Locked Down (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Danny, a respected cop, is setup after an investigation goes wrong. While laying low in his new jail cell, Danny is forced to get involved in the inmates underground cage fighting circuit. With the help of Irving, a former mixed martial arts ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Plot: frame up, prison, captivity, contests and competitions, investigation, confined, law enforcement, prison life, dishonesty, crimes, criminal heroes, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Philly Kid (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, fight, prisoner, manslaughter, prison, murder, martial arts, sport, wrestling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Divine Move (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Professional baduk (go) player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, vengeance, gangsters, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, murder, prison, violence, board game, graphic violence, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 3.9
 350
The Circuit (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Years ago, Dirk Longstreet walked away from The Circuit, the merciless underground fight club with no rules, where money changes hands as men are killed. But now gangsters have got his brother, and only one more journey inside the ring will save his ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, underground fighting, haunted by the past, tough heroes, one man army, ambition, rivalry, martial arts tournament, vengeance, crimes, gangsters, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 7K
Damage (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, fall in love, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, underground tournament, cage fighting, heroes, violence, gambling, fistfight, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 3.9
 348
Brawler (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sidelined by an injury incurred while protecting his young brother, underground fighter Charlie Fontaine feels blindsided when he discovers his brother having sex on his couch with his new wife, Kat. Fueled by rage, a determined Charlie makes plans ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, contests and competitions, rivalry, siblings relations, strong violent content, family relations, athlete's life, mixed martial arts, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, underground tournament, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 3.4
 177
Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, master warrior, fight, haunted by the past, redemption, moral dilemma, ambition, rivalry, crimes, tough guy, martial arts, martial arts training ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Chicago Overcoat (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, crimes, elderly, aging, one last chance, hitman, criminal heroes, law enforcement, dishonesty, investigation, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Blood of Redemption (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Quinn Forte had it all: power, money, a brother who idolized him, and a woman who loved him. He also had enemies. In the course of one night, he loses everything. Betrayed by someone in his inner circle, Quinn is set up and arrested. His father, the ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, criminal heroes, haunted by the past, rivalry, dishonesty, betrayal, crimes, tough heroes, organized crime, criminal's revenge, martial arts, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.5
 416
Martial Outlaw (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A DEA agent and his brother, a Los Angeles cop, battle the Russian mafia.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: martial arts, maverick cop, two man army, police shootout, karate, siblings relations, police detective, kgb, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 2K
Tell (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ethan Tell is a small time crook who makes a big-time score when he steals 1 million dollars. Ironically, his life radically changes for the worst when he discovers that stealing the money was the easy part and he now must keep his partner, his ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, rivalry, life turned upside down, on the run, going straight, dishonesty, heist, graphic violence, sexual content, criminal heroes, money, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Chavez Cage of Glory (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Barely being able to make ends meet and doing everything he can possibly do to cover his ill son's growing medical bills, Hector Chavez turns to his fighting roots in the underbelly of LA. His amateur Mixed Martial Arts videos go viral grabbing ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense
Plot: martial arts, ambition, rivalry, doctors and patients, hospital, fight, violence, power relations, mixed martial arts, live audience
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 2.8
 175
Game Over (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: treet fighter Victor Knox (Andre McCoy), just freed from prison, needs money to be re-united with his wife and child. When invited to join an underground fight tournament promising easy cash, he quickly signs up. Under constant surveillance by ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, adventure, tough heroes, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, moral dilemma, martial arts, starting over, contests and competitions, ex convict, ex wife, african american ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.0
 224
Cartel War (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Led by a detective hell-bent on revenge, a team of undercover cops in Los Angeles attempt to bring down a powerful drug mob from the inside. Operating outside the law, they put everything on the line to clean up the streets and exact payback on the ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: working undercover, drug dealing, law enforcement, rivalry, criminal's revenge, crimes, revenge, friendship, male female relationship, police, murder, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.3
 762
Scorpion (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Featuring a mix of Thai Boxing and Ultimate Fighting, SCORPION has been dubbed The French Fight Club. It stars Jerome Le Banner, who is also known as Hyper Battle Cyborg and The Bulldog of Paris, a true kickboxer, famous for his aggressive style - ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, rivalry, crimes, redemption, prison, underground fighting, imprisonment, contests and competitions, athlete's life, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The System Within (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tony "Wise" Good, is an internationally famous model. He fought his way out of the inner city and rocketed straight to the top. He had it all... The career, the trophy wife, fame, fortune and all the luxuries that come with success. But ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: rise and fall, rise to the top, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, betrayal, dishonesty, fashion model, husband wife relationship, nightmare comes true, fashion, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 4.8
 210
Catch the Heat (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Gorgeous Checkers Goldberg, a police detective, goes undercover as a stripper in order to stop a ruthless kingpin who has been using unsuspecting starlets in order to smuggle drugs into the United States. With her hot looks, street smarts and ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, undercover cop, cons and scams, working undercover, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, rivalry, drug dealing, partners, switching roles ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.2
 1K
The Big I Am (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A cruel twist of fate catapults small time crook Mickey Skinner into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, dishonesty, gangsters, criminal heroes, crimes, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), unfulfillment, rise and fall, strong violent content, ambition, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: "Irish Eyes" explores the relationship between two Irish-American brothers in Boston born to immigrant parents and raised in a rough, working class Irish neighborhood. After watching their father being gunned down in front of their eyes as ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: gangsters, family relations, politics, rivalry, ambition, crimes, siblings relations, battles, legal action, gang, criminal heroes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: boston, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 38K
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Beijing, a young martial artist's skill places him in position to experience opportunities and sacrifices.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, tai chi, master warrior, martial arts tournament, graphic violence, mortal combat, contests and competitions, opponent, tough heroes, ambition, crimes, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, hong kong, beijing china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Circle of Pain (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of MMA at the top. Unable to outrun his guilt, he lost his family, his title, and his way. But when a crooked promoter lures him back into a fight against the current undefeated ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, friendship, contests and competitions, rivalry, athlete's life, forced into action, athlete and trainer, ambition, martial arts, cage fighting, sport, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.8
 246
Madso's War (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A power vacuum develops when the top mob boss flees a federal indictment.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, criminal heroes, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, betrayal, murder, swashbuckler, violence, gunfight, mafia, mafioso ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Ring of Death (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the inside, there are no rules. See what happens when Prison Officials Profit from Illegal fights.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, contests and competitions, frame up, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, police investigation, track down, undercover, ex cop, tough guy, tough law enforcer, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%