Movies and TV shows like The Equalizer 1985

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The Equalizer (1985)
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, spy, crime, tough heroes, urban, retired, vigilante, crimes, anti heroes, vengeance, vigilantism, injustice, heroes, rivalry, society, undercover, 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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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films and TV series with plots about crimes, crime, law enforcement, police, police investigation, police detective and urban mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: Kojak (1973), Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997), Miami Vice (1984), Ironside (2013), Cagney & Lacey (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kojak (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. It aired from October 24, 1973, to March 18, 1978, on CBS. It took the time slot of the ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police, greek, crime, fighting crime, urban, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, riddles and clues, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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95%
Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mike Hammer, Private Eye is an American syndicated television program based on the adventures of the fictitious private detective Mike Hammer, created by novelist Mickey Spillane. The show starred Stacy Keach and was seen as an attempt to revive the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: private detective, crime, partners against crime, neo noir, riddles and clues, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, partners, pulp fiction, private investigator, hard boiled
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 20K
Miami Vice (1984)
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, realistic, rough, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, undercover, crime, partners against crime, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, undercover agent, working undercover, crimes, law enforcement, partners, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 5.5
 1K
Ironside (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: Ironside is an upcoming American drama television series that is scheduled to premiere in the 2013–14 television season on NBC. It will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It is a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, mystery, urban, crimes, law enforcement, disability, power relations, man in a wheelchair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Cagney & Lacey (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are teamed up as NYPD police detectives. Their opposing personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) mesh to make this one of the great crime-fighting duos of all time.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: police detective, female detective, crime, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, mystery, drug dealing, fighting crime, legal action, police investigation, price of justice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.0
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McCloud (1970)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The title role is played by Dennis Weaver as Marshal Sam McCloud, a law officer from Taos, New Mexico, on semi-permanent "special assignment" with the New ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: police, fighting crime, crime, mind game, u.s. marshal, mystery, who done it, fish out of water, crimes, law enforcement, uncover truth, working undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, new mexico, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.6
 438
Badge 373 (1973)
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: city, sociopath, crime, vengeance, vigilantism, urban, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, gangsters, tough law enforcer, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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True Justice (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Elijah Kane leads a hardcore undercover team of Seattle based cops who take on the local criminal element with a high-octane style of enforcement.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, martial arts, police detective, tough law enforcer, crime, fighting crime, police, working undercover, urban, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Vega$ (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series was filmed in its entirety in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is believed to be the first television series produced ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: private detective, crime, investigation, urban, crimes, sleazy, convertible, private investigator, classic car
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, fbi, kidnapping, murder, police investigation, crime, partners against crime, urban, track down, mystery, riddles and clues, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 2K
Mannix (1967)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 through 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: private detective, crime, uncover truth, private investigator, detective agency, who done it, crimes, mystery, kidnapping, deadly, law enforcement, violence ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
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Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the American CBS television network. According to the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, adventure, investigation, escapades, crime, buddies, partners, mystery, rivalry, mysterious man, navy, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
New York Undercover (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: New York Undercover is an American police drama that aired on the Fox television network from 1994 to 1998. The series stars Malik Yoba as Detective J.C. Williams and Michael DeLorenzo as Detective Eddie Torres, two undercover detectives in New York ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: crime, crimes, addiction, urban, undercover agent, police detective, gang, working undercover, criminal heroes, city life, law enforcement, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973)
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sex, robbery, hitman, vigilante, vigilantism, gangsters, vengeance, urban ghetto life, crime, tough heroes, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Defiance (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the gang and his neighbors, it does not work. Soon he is ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vigilante, crimes, rivalry, crime, vengeance, vigilantism, gambling, against the odds, loner, revenge, violence ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
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State of Grace (1990)
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
Plot: gang, betrayal, neo noir, irish, gangsters, crime, undercover, drugs/alcohol, reunion, urban, undercover agent, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.4
 72K
Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, cons and scams, tough heroes, small town, crime, shooting, organized crime, crimes, ex convict, strong sexual content, mob boss, thief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Death Wish (1974)
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, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: architect, vigilante, vengeance, vigilantism, police, murder, fight, taxi, crime, liberal, lone wolves, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, honolulu hawaii, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 7.3
 10K
21 Jump Street (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: 21 Jump Street is an American police procedural crime drama television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The series focuses on a squad of ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: undercover, crime, hidden identity, high school, youth, teenage life, society, fighting crime, undercover agent, working undercover, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
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47%
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CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
Story: CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, riddles and clues, workplace, partners against crime, investigation, forensics, crimes, murder, crime investigation, deadly, mystery, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, greece
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44%
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Nash Bridges (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. The show ran for six seasons on ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, partners, photographic memory, parents and children, police investigation, single parent, rivalry, family problems, workplace ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 460
Harry O (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen and was executive produced by Jerry Thorpe. Harry O followed the broadcast of two pilot ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: private detective, crime, investigation, police, police department, crimes, urban, disability, law enforcement, misfit, beach
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 25K
Covert Affairs (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A young CIA operative, Annie Walker, is mysteriously summoned to headquarters for duty as a field operative. While Annie believes she's been promoted for her exceptional linguistic skills, there may be something or someone from her past that ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, secret agents, cia, double life, working undercover, government agency, state affairs, undercover, workplace, mission gone awry, characters in danger, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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'Sheba, Baby' (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sheba, a Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, undercover, boat chase, gangsters, crime, parents and children, homecoming, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, chases and races, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in association with Warner Bros. Television. It starred Karl ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police detective, older man younger man relationship, partners against crime, crime, verbal byplay, fighting crime, homicide detective, police inspector, police lieutenant, urban, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 10K
NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. The show ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: police, police station, murder, robbery, police detective, realism, partners against crime, crime, tough law enforcer, drugs/alcohol, fighting crime, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.6
 333
Kojak (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A bald police detective with a righteous attitude battles crime on his hometurf.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: police detective, hotshot hero, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, heroes, cop witness relations, police protagonist, african american protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 4K
Dark Blue (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dark Blue was an action/drama television series which premiered on TNT on July 15, 2009, at 10 pm. It ended its run on September 15, 2010. The series is set in Los Angeles, California. It revolves around Carter Shaw, the leader of an undercover ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, policewoman, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, crimes, urban, law enforcement, fighting crime, police investigation, partners, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 3K
Hunter (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Hunter is an American police drama television series created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. However, Kramer left after the sixth season to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: police detective, crime, criminal heroes, partners against crime, lapd, homicide detective, fighting crime, murder, working undercover, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 197
Players (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Three young ex-cons track down criminals as a part of a new FBI program.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, crime, special agents, crimes, law enforcement, partners against crime, track down, cons and scams, chases and races, dishonesty, partners, parole ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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