Movies and TV shows like The Equalizer 1985

If you like "The Equalizer" you are looking for rough, serious and suspenseful movies or TV shows about / with neo noir, private detective, crime, tough heroes, urban, crimes and anti heroes themes of Action, Crime and Drama genre shot in USA.
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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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Miami Vice
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
48 min.
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Shool
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India
138 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out rough, suspenseful, realistic and serious films and TV series with plots about crimes, rivalry, crime, vengeance, law enforcement, vigilantism and deadly mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The Equalizer: Zero Tolerance (1994), Shaft (2000), Miami Vice (1984), Badge 373 (1973), Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, mexico, nevada, usa
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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, rough, serious, 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, manhattan new york city, switzerland
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System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
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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: serious, exciting, realistic, rough, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, partners against crime, drugs/alcohol, police detective, drug dealing, working undercover, crimes, law enforcement, undercover, partners, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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System:   92%
    User:   95%
 
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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, realistic, suspenseful, 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
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System:   88%
    User:   95%
 
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, vigilantism, urban ghetto life, crime, tough heroes, crimes, hitman, vigilante, sex, robbery, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   87%
    User:   79%
 
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The Bodyguard
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
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, realistic, exciting, 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
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System:   84%
    User:   98%
 
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, fighting crime, crime, small town, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, dishonesty, murder, law enforcement, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   83%
    User:   99%
 
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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, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   82%
    User:   75%
 
 7.3
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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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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    User:   84%
 
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
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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, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, california ...
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System:   77%
    User:   79%
 
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
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    User:   75%
 
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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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: philadelphia, usa
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System:   73%
    User:   69%
 
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Year of the Dragon
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Duration: 134 min.
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Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
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System:   73%
    User:   73%
 
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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, realistic, suspenseful, necrophiliac ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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Model by Day
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lady X is a woman who works during the day as a model but turns into a fighter for justice at night with the help of her karate master Chang.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fashion, superhero, fighting crime, adventure, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, rivalry, model, superhuman powers, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
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System:   72%
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Shool
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Police Inspector Samar Pratap Singh is transferred to Motihari, in the Indian state of Bihar, along with his wife, Manjari and a daughter. He is honest and diligent and these attributes sets him up against his superior - the District Superintendent ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, fighting crime, police corruption, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, vigilantism, injustice, fighting the system, deadly, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, india
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System:   70%
    User:   79%
 
Vigilante Force
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Vigilante Force is a 1976 American action film concerning a Vietnam War veteran (Kris Kristofferson) and his buddies, who are hired by his brother (Jan-Michael Vincent) and others in a small California town for protection from rowdy oil-field ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, fighting crime, small town, siblings relations, tough heroes, crimes, heroes, vigilante, rivalry, society, fire, airport ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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System:   70%
    User:   78%
 
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Kojak
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: fighting crime, crime, police detective, urban, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, police, riddles and clues, who done it, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   69%
    User:   67%
 
The File of the Golden Goose
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: U.S. Secret Service agent Peter Novak goes undercover with Scotland Yard officer Thompson to halt a murderous gang of counterfeiters known as the Golden Goose. Although Peter is unsure about John's loyalties, the two infiltrate the gang and win ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 60s
Place: england, london, scotland yard, liverpool
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System:   69%
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Tiger Cage
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Something fishy is going on in the anti-Drug Trafficking Unit of the HK Police, and only a few honest cops know that the corruption goes all the way to the top. However, they must prove their case quickly, and by unconventional means, after they are ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, crime, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, criminal heroes, gangsters, frame up, manhunt, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
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System:   69%
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Defiance
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, crimes, rivalry, crime, vengeance, vigilantism, gambling, vigilante, against the odds, fight, street, sailor ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   68%
    User:   76%
 
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Heat
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Reynolds plays an ex-soldier-of-fortunish character in Vegas, taking "Chaperone" jobs, fighting with the mob, and trying to get enough money together to move to Venice, Italy.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, tough heroes, crime, crimes, gangsters, vengeance, dishonesty, rivalry, racist comment, tied up, vietnam war veteran, castration ...
Time: 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
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System:   68%
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Cop's Honour
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Cop's Honor (Parole de Flic) is a 1985 French crime movie directed by José Pinheiro and starring Alain Delon as retired police officer Daniel Pratt. His teenager daughter was killed by a gang of mysterious hooded killers so Pratt began his own ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, violence spree, village, tough heroes, crimes, deadly, murder, law enforcement, police corruption, rivalry, one man army ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, europe, france, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   56%
 
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The Gladiator
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: criminal's revenge, fugitives, lone wolves, tough law enforcer, chase, vengeance, fighting crime, vigilante, on the run, vigilantism, violence spree, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   66%
 
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True Justice
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, martial arts, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, crime, working undercover, urban, tough heroes, chases and races, crimes, law enforcement, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   55%
 
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, serious ...
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
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System:   67%
    User:   66%
 
L.A. Takedown
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Michael Mann's (HEAT, MIAMI VICE) gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think.Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, master criminal, tough law enforcer, crime, bank robbery, urban, criminal heroes, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, crime gone awry, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   59%
 

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The Punisher
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Duration: 89 min.
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Young Warriors
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After a young woman is gang raped and murdered in a California college town, her brother takes up arms by night with a gang of like-minded vigilantes from his fraternity, brutally punishing any miscreants they catch in a criminal act.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gory, vigilantism, crime, violence spree, sexual abuse, siblings relations, crimes, youth, deadly, gang, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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System:   65%
    User:   66%
 
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