Movies like Cartels

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Cartels (2016)
 3.7
 2K
Cartels (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Monaco, Romania
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An elite team of DEA agents are assigned to protect a dangerous drug lord and take refuge in a luxury hotel while they await extraction. They soon find themselves at the center of an ambush as the drug lord's former associates launch an explosive assault on the hotel.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending, neo noir, ambiguous ending
Plot: drug lord, violence, betrayal, battles, organized crime, gangsters, military, murder, soldier, crime boss, russian, deception, chase, witness protection, mob boss, top secret, government agent, female killer, presumed dead, black ops, mafia, bandit, drug dealer, manhunt, witness protection program ...
Place: ukraine, romania, eastern europe

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Most similar movies to Cartels

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out surprise ending, suspense, neo noir and exciting films with plots about gunfight, death, murder, betrayal, cell phone, violence and deception mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Cartels: Absolution (2015), Maximum Conviction (2012), End of a Gun (2016), Code of Honor (2016), Contract to Kill (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Absolution (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Romania, USA, Ukraine
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a dangerous mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, running a human trafficking operation, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the ...
Style: tense, suspense, exciting, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: on the run, damsel in distress, chase, conspiracy, corruption, organized crime, escape, dark past, gangsters, spy, manipulation, two man army ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, eastern europe, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Maximum Conviction (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When former black ops operative Tom Steele and his partner Manning are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, chase, rescue, martial arts, partners, confined, tough heroes, master warrior, on the run, armed forces, swat team, monster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.6
 2K
End of a Gun (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A mall security guard -- and former federal agent -- crosses paths with a drug kingpin's enforcer after he saves a woman from danger.
Style: surprise ending, rough, suspenseful, suspense, neo noir
Plot: martial arts, rescue, betrayal, brutality, chase, murder, violence, aikido, police detective, death, security guard, hostage ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: exciting, brutal, tense, harsh, dark ...
Plot: one man army, vengeance, gunfight, criminal's revenge, murder, revenge, rescue, martial arts, tough guy, hitman, brutality, dark hero ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: sahara, grand central station manhattan new york city, usa, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Code of Honor (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Colonel Robert Sikes is on a mission to rid his city of crime. As a stealthy, one-man assault team, he will take on street gangs, mobsters, and politicians with extreme prejudice until his mission is complete. His former protégé, William Porter, ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, suspense, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: stripper, brutality, murder, sociopath, gangsters, fbi agent, chase, killer, vigilante, strip club, torture, aikido ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Contract to Kill (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Monaco
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Harmon is a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team--seductive FBI agent Zara and spy-drone pilot Sharp--he flies to Istanbul and uncovers a brutal plot: Islamic extremists plan to use Sonora drug-smuggling ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, touching, suspense
Plot: aikido, martial arts, conspiracy, cia agent, paranoia, hitman, woman fights a man, undercover, fbi agent, secret agents, gunfight, home invasion ...
Time: 2010s
Place: el paso texas, istanbul turkey, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 4.5
 4K
A Good Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, heroes, gangsters, save the day, rivalry, gang, crimes, crime boss, hostage, organized crime, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia, bucharest, romania, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a D.E.A. and S.W.A.T. cartel takedown ends in a shootout, S.W.A.T. Agent Travis Hall seizes a mysterious prisoner taking him into custody. Before long, the S.W.A.T. compound is under siege by wave-after-wave of assault teams attempting to ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, surprise ending ...
Plot: police, corrupt cop, survival, death of friend, swat team, chase, murder, spy, brutality, violence, husband wife relationship, police chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington state, seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.6
 33K
Sleepless (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, exciting ...
Plot: organized crime, tough cop, undercover cop, kidnapping, police corruption, rescue, police detective, father son relationship, race against time, brutality, murder, corruption ...
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Eraser: Reborn (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard specializes in “erasing” people – faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the last 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, neo noir, reboot
Plot: fbi, tough guy, gangsters, special agents, witness protection program, heroes, poacher, south african, rogue agent, crime boss, party, panic ...
Time: 2020s
Place: cape town south africa, los angeles, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Asian Connection (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Plot: drug lord, vengeance, car chase, murder, police shootout, accidental killing, friendship, betrayal, organized crime, crime boss, violence, police ...
Place: cambodia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 4.8
 12K
The Courier (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Gary Oldman stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier ...
Style: suspense, psychotronic, tense, serious, exciting ...
Plot: one woman army, femme fatale, revenge, female warrior, dark heroine, black ops, mysterious woman, one against many, woman in danger, race against time, hitman, crime boss ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city, tower bridge london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In her turbulent life as a professional assassin, Sam has no choice but to go rogue to save the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl in the middle of the gang war she has unleashed.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, exciting, feminist film ...
Plot: female assassin, assassin, murder, female protagonist, women, strong female lead, female killer, family in danger, agent, showdown, criminal, revenge ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Urban Justice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Seagal plays a man with a dark and violent past, who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, martial arts, gang, chase, investigation, murder, gangsters, track down, law enforcement, crimes, dishonesty, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.6
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The Elite (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of their families by a terrorist bomb, five young adults are trained as a hi-tech, anti-terrorist team with a mission to search and destroy high-profile terrorist groups.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: terrorism, race against time, undercover, secret agents, crimes, u.s. navy, heroic mission, daring rescue, good versus evil, government agency, save the day, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 1987, 80s
Place: europe, greece, washington d.c., athens greece, utah ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Perfect Weapon (2016)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain, Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a not too distant future, a totalitarian state run by ‘The Director” (Seagal) controls all aspects of life. All enemies of the state are dealt in the harshest way. Most of them are executed by the secret government’s assassins. The best ...
Style: futuristic, suspense, tense, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: martial arts, violence, political corruption, murder, revenge, spy, chase, assassination plot, corruption, battles, corrupt politician, undercover agent ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.6
 12K
Triple Threat (2019)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Thailand, China, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A crime syndicate places a hit on a billionaire's daughter, making her the target of an elite assassin squad. A small band of down-and-out mercenaries protects her, fighting tooth and nail to stop the assassins from reaching their target.
Style: suspense, intense, brutal, bloody, surprise ending
Plot: martial arts, fight, mercenary, police, police shootout, mole, murder, chase, police station, fistfight, captivity, organized crime ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.0
 5K
Close Range (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A rogue soldier turned outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter.
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, serious, neo noir
Plot: revenge, rescue, on the run, chase, corrupt cop, crime boss, crooked sheriff, martial arts, uncle niece relationship, husband wife relationship, niece, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: texas, arizona, southern usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Marine 5: Battleground (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While working as an EMT back stateside Jake Carter after responding to a distress call, finds himself caught up protecting a person of interest from a biker gang ruthlessly hunting them down.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, survival, betrayal, murder, violence, gunfight, fight, chase, brutality, deception, death, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.8
 8K
The Courier (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Gary Oldman stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier ...
Style: suspense, entertaining, captivating, exciting, psychotronic ...
Plot: survival, gunfight, bomb, messenger, chase, crime boss, police, crimes, gangsters, trap, deserter, one woman army ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, washington d.c., tower bridge london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Eleventh Hour (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ex-Navy SEAL, Michael Adams, (Matthew Reese) was captured during a raid to free Japanese prisoners from a North Korean prison camp. He endures the North Koreans torture for three years -- seen only as flashbacks -- then released back into ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, exciting, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: secret service agent, female agent, vendetta, violence, chase, husband wife relationship, conspiracy, political prisoner, tragic hero, male female relationship, murder, betrayal ...
Time: 2000s
Place: korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.4
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Maximum Force (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three renegade cops team up to take on the corrupt chief of police and a crime lords hatchet-man.
Style: suspense, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: renegade, monster, police officer, police detective, prostitute, gangsters, chase, undercover, computer cracker, against the odds, working undercover, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 15K
6 Bullets (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary known for finding missing children is hired by a mixed martial arts fighter whose daughter has been kidnapped.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, martial arts, child in peril, daring rescue, crimes, missing child, organized crime, father son relationship, murder, police detective, government agent, tough guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.8
 4K
Xtreme (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two years after the murder of his son and father, a retired hitman sets in motion a carefully crafted revenge plan against the killer: his own brother.
Style: captivating, suspense, tense, neo noir, psychotronic ...
Plot: hitman, sword fight, murder, vengeance, revenge, vendetta, bandit, showdown, criminal, crimes, killer, criminal gang ...
Time: 2020s
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.9
 4K
The Package (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A courier for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, crimes, tough heroes, organized crime, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, hostage, deception, delivery man, mafia, robbery, ex military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.6
 8K
Skin Trade (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand, Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sex slavery, martial arts, gangsters, crimes, tough heroes, vengeance, police investigation, master criminal, rivalry, investigation, husband wife relationship, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, usa, asia, cambodia, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Chain of Command (1994)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Merrill Ross (Michael Dudikoff) is thought to be a C.I.A. agent gone bad and teaming with some other alphabet named agency to take over the oil rich country of Qumir, he finds he's in the middle of a very explosive situation. Not knowing ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending
Plot: computer cracker, geopolitics, battles, krav maga, corporate conspiracy, chain of command, oil refinery, sadist, torture, cia agent, hostile takeover, press conference ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.4
 15K
I Am Wrath (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.
Style: tense, exciting, suspense, bleak, surprise ending ...
Plot: revenge, murder, police corruption, brutality, violence, sociopath, paranoia, vigilantism, vengeance, gangsters, judiciary, corrupt politician ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Nicknamed after a human-devouring spirit, the ruthless leader of an overseas black ops team takes up a dangerous mission in a city riddled with spies.
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, captivating, political ...
Plot: secret agents, spy, mission, organized crime, espionage, investigation, fighting crime, special agents, secret mission, cia agent, cia, intelligence ...
Time: 2020s
Place: china, new york, london, rio de janeiro, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Out for a Kill (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, good versus evil, gangsters, vengeance, frame up, organized crime, prison, murder, vigilante, chinese mafia, revenge, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, hong kong, paris france, asia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%