Movies and TV shows like The Equalizer 1985

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The Equalizer
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Equalizer is an American television series that ran for four seasons, initially on CBS, between 1985 and 1989. It stars Edward Woodward as a middle aged retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past who helps people in trouble. The show mixes ingredients from popular spy films and private investigator shows with violent realism. A film adaptation starring Denzel Washington was released in 2014.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, private detective, crime, tough heroes, urban, crimes, anti heroes, vengeance, vigilantism, spy, injustice, heroes, rivalry, society, undercover, retired, vigilante, temperamental, outside help, former spy, social decay, urban decay, dark hero, anti hero, heroism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Banshee
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
60 min.
 8.4
Miami Vice
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
48 min.
 7.5
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out rough, realistic, serious and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about crimes, vengeance, crime, rivalry, revenge, murder and violence mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: Shaft (2000), Year of the Dragon (1985), Hell Up in Harlem (1973), Zero Tolerance (1994), Above the Law (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Equalizer
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ...
Style: suspense, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, violence, corruption, hitman, vengeance, assassin, gory, revenge, crime, surveillance, russian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, russia, moscow russia
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Shaft
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence ...
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, violence, revenge, corruption, police corruption, police investigation, chase, vengeance, car chase, kick-butt women, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, switzerland, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   81%
 
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Year of the Dragon
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows ...
Style: stylized, serious, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, violence, organized crime, mafia, gangster, police corruption, vigilantism, hitman, lone wolves, strong sexual content, violent ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, vietnam, asia, southeast asia ...
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System:   69%
    User:   58%
 
Hell Up in Harlem
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tougher than Shaft and smoother than Superfly, this high-voltage sequel to Black Caesar explodes with enough action to incinerate New York City. Packed with machine-gun mayhem and riveting adventure, Hell Up in Harlem is nothing less than a ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, crime, gang, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, urban, vengeance, violence spree, police corruption, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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System:   64%
    User:   72%
 
 5.3
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Zero Tolerance
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After surviving a sneak attack on himself and fellow agents Jimmy and Gene as they were transporting drug kingpin Raymond Manta out of a Mexican jail, FBI agent Jeff Douglas becomes an uwitting pawn of the White Hand drug cartel. Mistakenly told ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone wolves, one man army, special agents, crime, tough law enforcer, track down, vengeance, vigilantism, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, mexico, nevada, usa
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System:   64%
    User:   58%
 
 6.0
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Above the Law
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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System:   62%
    User:   63%
 
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Badge 373
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When his partner is killed, tough Irish detective Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall) vows to avenge the death, whatever the cost. As he begins unraveling clues, his behavior becomes so outrageous that he's obliged to turn in his badge, but the ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, urban, law enforcement, rivalry, gangsters, sociopath, city, tough law enforcer, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   68%
 
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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Vigilante Slaughter comes under attack from Duncan, a local money launderer whose hit-man traps Slaughter in a car at a cliff, but Slaughter escapes, arms himself, and goes after Duncan's hideout.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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    User:   50%
 
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State of Grace
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: realistic, stylized, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, boston, usa, ireland, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   52%
 
 7.5
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Miami Vice
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drugs/alcohol, partners against crime, crime, police detective, drug dealing, working undercover, crimes, law enforcement, undercover, partners, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   49%
 
Walking Tall Part II
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sheriff Buford Pusser continues his one-man war against moonshiners and a ruthless crime syndicate after the murder of his wife in late 1960's Tennessee.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, crime, fighting crime, small town, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, dishonesty, murder, law enforcement, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
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System:   58%
    User:   60%
 
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   47%
 
 7.0
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Walking Tall
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Buford Pusser's a wrestler, whose wife wants him to settle down, so they go to his home town in Tennessee, where he plans to get into business with his father. But he is shocked to discover all sorts of graft and corruption going on. And when ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, tough law enforcer, crime, fighting crime, tough heroes, vigilante, sheriff, crimes, law enforcement, vengeance, vigilantism, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   62%
 
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The Bodyguard
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crime, gangsters, one man army, fighting crime, tough heroes, crimes, rivalry, karate, street shootout, vigilantism, righting the wronged ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, asia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   55%
 
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Death Wish
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, honolulu hawaii, tucson arizona, hawaii ...
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System:   56%
    User:   48%
 
Original Gangstas
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A violent street gang, the Rebels, rule the streets of Gary, Indiana. The Rebels shoot Marvin Bookman, a store-keeper, for giving the police information about a drive-by shooting they committed. Marvin's son, former NFL star John who created ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, vengeance, violence, vigilantism, murder, gang, gangs, brutality, revenge, crime, fight scenes, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   53%
 
Exterminator 2
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York of a drug lord and his gang.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, psychotronic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vengeance, crimes, crime, urban, deadly, rivalry, buddies, vigilantism, murder, vigilante, flamethrower ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   61%
 
The Exterminator
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, violence, revenge, vigilantism, gory, vengeance, prostitution, gangsters, chase, crime, murder, brutality ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   53%
 
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Disco Godfather
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, called "angel dust," or PCP. Disco ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: disco, martial arts, nightclub, criminal's revenge, crime, gang, gangsters, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, fighting crime, track down, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
The Substitute 2: School's Out
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When teacher Randall Thomasson is killed during a carjacking, an unexpected visitor shows up at his funeral - his estranged brother, Karl Thomasson (Treat Williams). An ex-Green Beret turned mercenary. Karl signs on as a new substitute teacher in ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, high school, crime, vengeance, teachers and students, urban ghetto, tough heroes, crimes, rivalry, amateur detective, hardcase students, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   55%
 
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Cobra
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, gang, chase, motorcycle, violence, car chase, hostage, tough law enforcer, slasher, lone hero, gunfight, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   45%
 
Marked for Death
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican drug ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, voodoo, murder, family, gangsters, vigilantism, violence, revenge, vigilante, brutality, gunfight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, mexico, latin america, west indies, jamaica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   57%
 
Across 110th Street
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: bleak, cynical, realistic, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, mafia, organized crime, police, police investigation, violence, brutality, police corruption, murder, robbery, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   50%
 
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Avenging Angel
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Molly, former baby prostitute "Angel" from Sunset Boulevard, has managed to leave her street life with help of Lt. Andrews. She studies law at an university and aims to become attorney. When she learns that Andrews was shot during a failed ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, necrophiliac ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hollywood, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, urban, track down, vengeance, vigilantism, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   48%
 
Out for Justice
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. Killing his Partner was someone's mistake, because he's now Out For Justice.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, crime, police investigation, chase, murder, vengeance, car chase, violence, mafia, organized crime, vigilante ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   50%
 
 6.1
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Fighting Back
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his team's actions are taken as racial ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: interracial relations, crime, crimes, store, deadly, urban, society, terrorism, vigilantism, racism, vengeance, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
Death Wish V: The Face of Death
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, gangsters, vigilantism, violence, vengeance, murder, betrayal, fashion, death, brutality, revenge, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   43%
 
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Eraser
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: U.S. Marshall John Kruger erases the identities of people enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. His current assignment is to protect Lee Cullen, who's uncovered evidence that the weapons manufacturer she works for has been selling to ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: conspiracy, betrayal, gunfight, violence, arms dealer, chase, treason, corruption, mafia, one man army, weapons, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future, twentieth century, year 1996 ...
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c.
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System:   48%
    User:   55%
 

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Broken City
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, new orleans, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   47%
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Blue Steel
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, obsession, crime, murder, police, psychopath, chase, violence, investigation, neo noir, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   41%
 
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