Movies like Gymkata

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Gymkata (1985)
 4.4
 4K
Gymkata (1985)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Johnathan Cabot is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a "star wars" site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal "Game". The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA!
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, slasher, weird
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, kung fu, contests and competitions, adventure, village, vengeance, athlete's life, battles, ambition, against the odds, village life, hopes, danger, escapades, rivalry, righting the wronged, tough heroes, karate, east asian lead, sex, race, ninja, terrorist, dark humor ...
Time: 80s

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Most similar movies to Gymkata

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out rough, suspenseful, serious and realistic films with plots about heroes, martial arts, fistfight, hand to hand combat, rivalry, violence and one man army mostly in Action, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Gymkata: Forced to Kill (1994), Storm Catcher (1999), The Hard Corps (2006), Overkill (1996), Ballistica (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.0
 238
Forced to Kill (1994)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A repo man tries to deliver a repossessed Jaguar. He's captured by a bizarre family, straight out of the backwoods, who force him to fight in an illegal, bare-fist tournament run by an insane sheriff.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, one man army, chase, master warrior, crimes, mad scientist, chases and races, danger, deadly, ambition, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Storm Catcher (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A renegade general plots to bomb Washington using a new top secret jet called the Storm Catcher. The only trouble is only one man is capable of flying it. So they seek to put him on the run in a conspiracy that makes him appear to have murdered ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, heroes, conspiracy, terrorist, false accusation, political conspiracy, dishonesty, state affairs, one man army, fighting the system, confined, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Hard Corps (2006)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An Army veteran assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a former boxer. Complications arise when the boxer suspects his sister may be romantically involved with the bodyguard.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, one man army, athlete's life, crimes, bodyguard, vengeance, gang, rivalry, one against many, tough heroes, violence ...
Time: contemporary
Place: afghanistan, iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.6
 148
Overkill (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: American Police officer Jack Hazard heads for South America after being ordered to take time off by his boss after a raid goes bad. Once there, however, he finds himself caught up with a stranger wanted by the government, and soon ends up in prison. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, on the run, martial arts, jungle, deadly, crimes, adventure, undercover, escapades, survival, psychopath, profanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 3.3
 424
Ballistica (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man has been trained in a deadly form of hand-to-hand combat using ballistics and firearms. He is one of the few Americans who has perfected it, which makes him the CIA's best weapon against International Terrorism.
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroic mission, terrorism, undercover, danger, adventure, deadly, rivalry, escapades, battles, one against many, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, terrorism, one man army, revenge, armored car, rescue, heroes, profanity, vigilante, showdown, cold war, martial arts ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa, everglades, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.9
 450
Running Red (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Gregori is an ex-Soviet Commando haunted by the death of his brother, and trying to forget his old life in the US. However, Gregori realizes after he has already started a family of his own that the past is never far behind. A former superior from ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: martial arts, heroes, one against many, gunfight, terrorist, behind enemy lines, chases and races, crimes, danger, starting over, assassination, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Order of the Black Eagle (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Spy Duncan Jax thwarts a cabal of neo-nazis
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, semi serious, exciting
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, heroes, secret agents, danger, chases and races, escapades, rivalry, undercover, adventure, racism, disorder, kung fu fighting ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Behind Enemy Lines (1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An ex-marine returns to Vietnam when he learns his former mercenary partner whom he thought was killed is being held by a sadistic general.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, one man army, heroic mission, jungle, captivity, confined, buddies, lone wolves, soldier, danger, military, daring rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.4
 7K
Into the Sun (2005)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After the assassination of Tokyo's Governor by Yakuza members, the CIA bureau chief (William Atherton) for Tokyo puts out a call to an agent (Steven Seagal) that had been raised in Japan and trained by ex-Yakuza. Using his former ties, he ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, martial arts, yakuza, assassination, gangsters, fbi, danger, master criminal, law enforcement, crimes, undercover, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Thailand, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. Vowing revenge, the fearless American stealthily tracks the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, martial arts, ninjitsu, kung fu, mortal combat, master warrior, murder, violence spree, revenge, katana, drug lord, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: burma, thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Rage and Honor II (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Kris and Preston team up once again to take on powerful gangster Buntao. But Buntao has problems of his own, dealing with Dazo, another gangster who is on a steady rise to power...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, heroic bloodshed, fistfight, fight, kung fu master, escapades, chase, rebellion, partners, law enforcement, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.4
 76
Raw Target (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This high-powered action flick follows kickboxing champion Johnny Rider, who quits the ring after accidentally killing an opponent but is forced to employ his skills again to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of crime boss Rod Sparks ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, heroes, master warrior, kickboxing, down on your luck, vengeance, chases and races, law enforcement, graphic violence, gang, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.0
 434
Special Ops (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When an American soldier’s Black Ops Unit is ambushed during a raid to rescue a nano-nuclear device that has fallen into the wrong hands, he must run for his life to not only track down the missing device, but also clear his name when he is ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, terrorism, soldier, one man army, danger, heroic mission, profanity, military, escapades, dishonesty, daring rescue, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Second in Command (2006)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Romania
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Armed insurgents attempt a coup d'etat in a troubled Eastern European country, and the president flees to the U.S. embassy for protection. When the U.S. ambassador is murdered by the ruthless and gun-happy rebels, it comes down to the ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, rescue, political unrest, heroic mission, revolution, military, politics, adventure, danger, rebellion, terrorist plot ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 4K
Men of War (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Nick Gunar is a burnt-out, jaded and hard-up former mercenary who is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. At the end of his rope, he is hired by the Nitro Mine Corporation to strong-arm the natives of a South China Sea island into ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, village, island, jungle, heroes, battles, heroic mission, lone wolves, betrayal, moral dilemma, cons and scams, injustice ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion Matt Reeves witnesses the murder of his friend Johnny. While investigating the crime, he learns that a Mr. Negaal in South Africa has founded a new kickboxing association and does not leave international champions much of a ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilante, vigilantism, showdown, fight, terrorist, master warrior, heroes, leadership, rivalry, crimes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The President's Man (2000)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: To many, Joshua McCord (Chuck Norris) is a charismatic Asian studies professor. To the President of the United States, he's America's greatest secret weapon; a covert operative charged with only the most sensitive and dangerous missions.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, adventure, daring rescue, race against time, save the day, chases and races, head of state, escapades, danger, state affairs, undercover, missing person ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of drug runners/freedom fighters has kidnapped a busload of tourists in the Philippines and is threatening to kill them all if one of their partners is not released from prison and the government doesn't halt its anti-drug policies. To ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, rough, humorous, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hostage, ninja, heroes, terrorism, terrorist, ninja master, kidnapping, destiny, hijacking, daring rescue, confined, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.1
 4K
Shadow Man (2006)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Romania
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An intelligence operative discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, espionage, martial arts, save the day, undercover, adventure, deadly, race against time, rivalry, danger, master criminal, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, romania, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.8
 12K
Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence spree, survival, deadly, escapades, tough heroes, battles, murder, male female relationship, one man army, rescue, serial killer, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, seattle washington, hong kong, london, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.0
 14K
Ong Bak 3 (2010)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, one man army, heroes, supernatural, rivalry, human spirit, vengeance, muay thai, mixed martial arts, village, martial artist ...
Time: 15th century, ancient history
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.0
 8K
Derailed (2002)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: NATO operative Jacques Kristoff (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is summoned into action—on his birthday, no less—to track down Galina Konstantin (Laura Harring), who has stolen an extremely valuable and dangerous top-secret container from the Slovakian ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, runaway train, bio weapon, race against time, secret agents, rescue, terrorism, train explosion, one man army, save the day, adventure, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary
Place: vienna, europe, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.4
 16K
Blind Fury (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vengeance, rescue, gangsters, heroic mission, one against many, martial arts, buddies, obsessive quest, crimes, deadly, adventure, righting the wronged ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.9
 314
Terminal Rush (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of terrorists, led by a Brit and a psycho (in a great performance by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) take control of the Hoover Dam and demand $25 million or they will kill civilians and dam workers they have taken hostage. But the terrorists ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, one man army, heroes, martial arts, daring rescue, race against time, crimes, confined, escapades, good versus evil, save the day, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.3
 71K
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, ninja, martial arts, vengeance, assassination, assassin, violence spree, tough guy, mixed martial arts, haunted by the past, punishment, ninja master ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: china, asia, osaka japan, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.6
 521
The Eliminator (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Former LAPD cop, Dakota Varley, enters a power boat race seeking the prize of $250,000, but immediately discovers, first hand, that this race's risk matches the prize: one racer is killed, 3 others seriously injured in multiple action-packed ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, survival, heroes, one man army, chase, jungle, island, martial arts, rivalry, danger, deadly, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Flight of Fury (2007)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Romania, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: John, is sent in to recover a stolen Stealth Bomber. His trusty sidekick Rojar and John's ever faithful Jessica, fight the rebel forces of Banansistan, led by the vivacious Ellianna.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, bomber, terrorist, pilot, martial arts, chases and races, soldier, espionage, terrorism, crimes, adventure, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.6
 982
Bloodmatch (1991)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Brick Bardo is on a mission to find out which one of the world's greatest kickboxers killed his brother. Five years ago, one of the four champs was fixing fights and set up his brother in the fight that took his life. Now Bardo must take on the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, revenge, adventure, righting the wronged, frame up, vengeance, heroic mission, murder, heroes, crimes, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Executioner (1974)
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, hitman, vengeance, stoners, tough heroes, danger, law enforcement, crime, drug dealing, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%