Movies like Long Arm of the Law

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Long Arm of the Law (1984)
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Long Arm of the Law (1984)
Original name: 省港旗兵
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 an undercover cop. A progenitor of sorts of both "City on Fire" and "Reservoir Dogs," but lacking the romantic melodrama of the former and the hipster staginess of the latter. Winner of Hong Kong Film Awards for both Best Film and Best Director. Spawned a franchise with three sequels.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gangsters, crimes, heist, gang, gambling, contests and competitions, partners, crime, graphic violence, track down, working undercover, danger, store, unlikely partners, chases and races, dishonesty, chaos and mayhem, master criminal, law enforcement, criminal heroes, rivalry, crime gone awry, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china

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Most similar movies to Long Arm of the Law

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and exciting films with plots about crimes, law enforcement, crime, rivalry, gangsters, chases and races and violence mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Long Arm of the Law: City War (1988), Big Bullet (1996), Born to Be King (2000), Eye in the Sky (2007), The Big Heat (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: exciting, serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, chase, gangsters, betrayal, chases and races, confined, deadly, heroes, criminal heroes, police investigation, partners, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 335
City War (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two cops--both partners and best friends--find their friendship and their lives at stake when they try to take down a ruthless drug dealer.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, friends, hitman, vengeance, urban, drug dealing, partners against crime, crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, buddies, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 775
Big Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hotheaded cop Bill Zhu (Lau Ching-wan) gets relegated to the Emergency Unit after a dustup with his inept boss. When the mob kills Zhu's pal and ex-colleague (Francis Ng) during a turf-war hit, he rounds up his motley department cohorts and ...
Style: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, heroes, escapades, crimes, graphic violence, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, chases and races, vengeance, vigilantism, murder, hijacking ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, east asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Born to Be King (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Triad member Chicken is designated by Taiwan's San Luen Gang to marry Nanako, the daughter of the fifth generation leader of the Yamada Gang in Japan. Later, the leader of the triad group gets murdered. Actually, all the San Luen Gang members ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, gang, gangsters, criminal heroes, vengeance, master criminal, crimes, rivalry, heroes, righting the wronged, good versus evil, crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: taiwan, hong kong, japan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Eye in the Sky (2007)
Genre: Action, 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: tense, exciting, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, undercover, fighting crime, gang, police investigation, track down, heist, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, working undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 603
The Big Heat (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cop (Waise Lee) is losing the control of his right hand and cannot pull the trigger on time anymore. Before any accident happens, he decides to resign. Meanwhile his friend and informer is brutally murdered in Malaysia. Before leaving the force, ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, wrongfully committed, vengeance, police corruption, partners, crimes, undercover, rivalry, tough law enforcer, crime, witnessing a crime, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, malaysia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 838
Double Tap (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leslie Cheung plays Rick Pang, an IPSC champion who is also a gun expert who modifies his pistols to perfect his technique known as 'double tap', placing two shots in the same exact spot. In the 1996 IPSC Hong Kong shooting competition, ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, murder, hitman, police investigation, criminal's revenge, master criminal, rivalry, law enforcement, deadly, danger, track down, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime
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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: special agents, gang, partners, criminal heroes, tough law enforcer, danger, police investigation, master criminal, hidden identity, dishonesty, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Invisible Target (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, hostage, hostages, chase, partners against crime, heist, car chase, criminal heroes, tough law enforcer, gang, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two tactical unit leaders are forced to put aside their differences to help catch a group of robbers.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: rivalry, on the run, police investigation, law enforcement, gang, partners, tough law enforcer, crimes, master criminal, heist, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, tough law enforcer, crimes, gangsters, rivalry, betrayal, criminal heroes, danger, criminal's revenge, leadership, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 818
Tiger Cage 2 (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Donnie Yen Chi-Tan, a hair-trigger cop, goes on the lam with Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lum, a prim lawyer, after they witness a botched robbery attempt. The police think they're the perpetrators, while the real crooks (including Mortal Kombat star ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, on the run, gangsters, undercover, rivalry, chases and races, mistaken identity, frame up, wooing, heist, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 616
Tiger Cage (1988)
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: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, martial arts, betrayal, gangsters, police corruption, vengeance, drug abuse, wooing, tough heroes, police detective, partners, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.3
 512
High Voltage (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After unknowingly robbing a money laundering operation the heist crew must avoid mobsters.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, disorder, chases and races, crimes, danger, gangsters, deadly, good versus evil, bank, law enforcement, crime gone awry, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
In the Line of Duty III: Force of the Dragon (1988)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In a bloody beginning, a pair of stylish Japanese thieves steal some valuable gems. In a harrowing scene, during their escape, they kill the partner of a ruffled detective (think Columbo with a Chuck Barris hairdo). The detective swears revenge, and ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, graphic violence, crime gone awry, chases and races, rivalry, terrorism, track down, vengeance, law enforcement, danger, partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 4K
PTU (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, gang, goofy hero, investigation, rivalry, partners against crime, murder, track down, police detective, tough law enforcer, martial arts, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.1
 4K
Once a Cop (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: As a crime wave sweeps through Hong Kong, the police call Jessica Yang (Yeoh), a rising star in the ranks, to help stop a notorious gang of thieves! What Jessica doesn't realize is that her boyfriend - recently discharged from the force - is ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, hostage, heroes, chase, heist, crime, crimes, police investigation, gang, reluctant partners, hostages, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 6K
City on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ko Chow is an undercover cop who is under pressure from all sides. His boss, Inspector Lau, wants him to infiltrate a gang of ruthless jewel thieves; in order to do this he must obtain some handguns; his girlfriend wants him to commit to marriage or ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, betrayal, friendship, police detective, mexican standoff, undercover cop, heist, working undercover, law enforcement, chases and races, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.8
 934
Full Alert (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. Jockey Club
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, rivalry, danger, gang, crime, partners, on the run, crimes, confined, deadly, chases and races, battles ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
My Father is a Hero (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroes, undercover, martial arts, partners against crime, rivalry, law enforcement, chases and races, master criminal, gang, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 504
Run and Kill (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man (Fatty) returns home to find his wife with another man. He goes to a bar and begins to drink, waking up the next day to find that he owes a mafioso money for killing his wife. Not wanting to pay the money, he enlists a malitia organization ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, deadly, criminal heroes, danger, dishonesty, gang, rivalry, lone wolves, life is a bitch, chases and races, one man army ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, undercover, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang war, restaurant, gory, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, pregnancy, working undercover, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Longest Nite (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Two triad leaders vie for the right to manage a string of casinos in Macau which sparks an exhausting battle. A twist of fate brings the two gangster bosses together in collaboration, but rumors have it otherwise. A murderous plot unfolds.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, gangsters, deadly, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, hidden identity, obsessive quest, gang, corrupt law enforcer, restaurant, frame up ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 2.3
 441
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, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, street gang, undercover, track down, police corruption, danger, law enforcement, deadly, partners, master criminal, dishonesty, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: gangsters, fire extinguisher, sniper rifle, violence, heroes, gang, crime, chase, master criminal, fighting crime, chases and races, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 6K
Cold Eyes (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: HA Yoon-ju becomes the newest member to a unit within the Korean Police Forces Special Crime Department that specializes in surveillance activities on high profile criminals. She teams up with HWANG Sang-Jun, the veteran leader of the unit, and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, crimes, law enforcement, heist, track down, gang, crime, graphic violence, rookie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, gang, wedding, crime, master warrior, unfulfillment, criminal's revenge, rise to the top, going straight, tragic hero, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Johan Falk: Organizatsija Karayan (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Johan Falk's stepdaughter Nina has gotten in contact with her biological father, Orjan, discovering that he is in debt to an Estonian construction company in Gothenburg, leading to Nina's kidnapping.
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Plot: police investigation, tough law enforcer, crimes, chase, gangsters, law enforcement, danger, police procedural, organized crime, graphic violence, crime, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 2K
Gen-X Cops (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four young officers of the Hong Kong Police are joined together to fight against organised crime using all possible means, even if this would lead them to break the law… Their first assignment is to eliminate a gang of criminals who have stolen a ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, undercover, tough law enforcer, police investigation, save the day, track down, partners against crime, stylized violence, martial arts, gangsters, heroes, tough cop ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.6
 2K
The Sniper (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A police sniper teams up with a hot-headed rookie to take down his former friend and teammate, who is exacting revenge on the police force.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: vengeance, track down, disagreement, crimes, partners, law enforcement, rivalry, chase, moral dilemma, sniper, murder, hostage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%