Movies like The Executioner 1974

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The Executioner (1974)
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The Executioner (1974)
Original name: 直撃!地獄拳
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, crimes, vengeance, hitman, drug dealing, crime, stoners, danger, law enforcement, rivalry, leadership, tough heroes, ninja, fight, kung fu, karate, violence, tough guy, warrior, gun, hand to hand combat, anti hero, martial artist ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, martial arts, heroes, crimes, master warrior, fistfight and violence mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The Executioner: The Streetfighter (1974), Angry Tiger (1973), The Bodyguard (1973), Fist 2 Fist (2011), Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Terry is a tough mercenary and a master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then ...
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, anti heroes, anti hero, kung fu, heroes, betrayal, master warrior, karate, street fighter, yakuza, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, china, tokyo
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Angry Tiger (1973)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chang Chen-Wai, a martial arts expert who runs a jade-importing business, follows his missing brother to Thailand and learns he has been murdered. Chang vows revenge.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
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Time: 70s
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Bodyguard (1973)
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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, one man army, abduction, gunfight, showdown, karate, graphic violence, vigilantism, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, asia, japan, usa
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane and Christy Goody who have acquired a rare jade dragon, ...
Style: rough, realistic, exciting, serious
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to take on a Yakuza family that may be embezzling money from charities to finance their own operations. Both the police and the Yakuza find themselves battling Tsurugi, but Tsurugi's fight ultimately is ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
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Sister Street Fighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and imprisoned, the police pressure his sister, Tina Long, to ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, japan
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The Shadow Boxer (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Chen Wo-Fu plays construction worker Ku Ting, whose skill at "tai chi" (shadow boxing) is as great as his pacifism. But when his girlfriend is raped by vicious gangsters, he shows everyone the true power and beauty of tai chi.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Return of the Sister Street Fighter (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: She returns for more street fighting.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Terry Sugury is hired to recover one of two tapes containing a formula for making heroin for a price of 200 dollars a pound. But he gets double crossed. So he wants the tape back.
Style: rough, stylized, realistic, serious, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Drama
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Duration: 120 min.
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Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, cult film
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Duration: 90 min.
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Honor and Glory (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong, USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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