Movies like In the Shadows

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In the Shadows (2001)
 5.0
 923
In the Shadows (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a stunt man dies in Miami, his uncle, a New York mob boss, sends a hit man to tail the stunt coordinator, whom the boss wants dead. The hit man, Eric O'Bryne, gets close to his mark's daughter, and through her he asks her dad to teach him to do stunts. While waiting for the word to kill this mentor, Eric discovers the joy of stunt work and of being part of a family. Meanwhile, several people are looking for the dead man's briefcase of money and a cloth bag of illegal drugs that he stole from an undercover FBI agent now desperate to get the borrowed drugs back to the bureau. The stunt coordinator says that 'we dance in the shadows of death.' Can Eric step out into the sun?
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crimes, crime, witnessing a crime, undercover, gangsters, working undercover, danger, dishonesty, introspection, criminal heroes, deadly, rivalry, crime gone awry, stuntman, vengeance, gang, drug dealing, chase, on the run, fall in love, moral dilemma, murder, chases and races, disorder
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, miami, florida

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Most similar movies to In the Shadows

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and tense films with plots about crimes, deadly, rivalry, crime, dishonesty, danger and gangsters mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like In the Shadows: Protection (2001), Ready 2 Die (2014), Toxic (2008), Federal Protection (2002), Tough Luck (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.3
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Protection (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mobster moves to a new town as a protected witness and tries to start over, only to find he can't escape his old ways
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hidden identity, going straight, starting over, criminal heroes, danger, dishonesty, hitman, criminal's revenge, special agents, vengeance, gangsters, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.4
 833
Ready 2 Die (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After a violent bank robbery, the trio of hoods make their way across East L.A. carrying a blood-soaked bag of money. When word gets out, they must fend off gangs and crooked cops alike as they strive to keep the loot and stay alive.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, gang, murder, heist, dishonesty, crimes, danger, law enforcement, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 3.8
 927
Toxic (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The lives of a nightclub owner, a crime boss, a stripper, a bartender, two hitmen, a prostitute and a psychic take a turn for the worse when they are trapped in an escaped mental patient's sinister path of madness and destruction.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, mental illness, mentally unstable, track down, violence spree, vengeance, sexual content, crimes, deadly, criminal's revenge, prostitute, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Federal Protection (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: "Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the hands of the Feds. Frankie agrees to testify ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, touching, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, crime, social decay, criminal's revenge, deadly, hidden identity, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, fish out of water, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 949
Tough Luck (2003)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, manhunt, frame up, betrayal, crime gone awry, crimes, criminal heroes, dishonesty, gangsters, law enforcement, femme fatale, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 4.5
 995
Betrayal (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When one of her hits goes wrong, a professional assassin ends up with a suitcase full of a million dollars belonging to a mob boss ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, parody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, on the run, dishonesty, crime, deadly, crimes, criminal's revenge, police investigation, police corruption, kidnapping, on the road, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Scenes of the Crime (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young man about to get married earns extra cash by driving a local mobster, but things go awry when the mobster is shot dead by a rival crime boss.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, crimes, crime gone awry, rivalry, deadly, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gangsters, gang, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 3.9
 462
Days of Terror (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the midst of a personal crisis, junior senator Maggie Davidson (Holly) ascertains that she's the subject of a terrorist plot.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political conspiracy, save the day, crimes, danger, undercover, politics, terrorism, rivalry, dishonesty, state affairs, murder, assassination ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 3.0
 156
Good Chemistry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After picking up an alluring woman,Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, is kidnapped by her violent boyfriend and ordered to use his skills to create methamphetamine for a group of drug traffickers. When Toby refuses, his ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, deadly, drug abuse, crimes, danger, on the run, dishonesty, drug dealing, chemistry, farm, forced into action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.4
 693
Backflash (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman is released from prison and heads home to help outwit a local mob boss and pull off the scam of a lifetime.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, crime gone awry, cons and scams, on the run, odd couple, deadly, danger, gangsters, kidnapping, on the road, crime, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 3.8
 348
The Grind (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Luke, is a grifter who owes a significant debt to the Mexican mob. Set in the gritty underbelly of Gardena, CA Luke has to come up with one final scheme to pay back his debt or his life is at risk. Supported by his two only friends, Courtney and ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: deadly, rivalry, crimes, danger, disorder, dishonesty, going straight, criminal's revenge, partners, looking for sex, criminal heroes, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story centers on Charlie, a Los Angeles billionaire financial whiz who goes into self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his empire is revealed to have been a Ponzi scheme. While looking for the woman he abandoned there 25 years before, Charlie is ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gangsters, track down, rivalry, on the run, danger, police corruption, special agents, vengeance, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Assassins' Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A corporate assassination forces opportunistic double agents from three nations to fight to retrieve a high-tech computer disk containing schematics for a deadly weapon.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, crimes, rivalry, undercover, danger, dishonesty, hitman, working undercover, vengeance, deadly, haunted by the past, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, drug dealing, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.7
 2K
29 Palms (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a bag filled with money goes missing from a casino, the Hitman (Chris O'Donnell) must retrieve it. While he tracks the stash down, the bag changes hands numerous times, finding its way to the Drifter (Jeremy Davies) and the Waitress ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, romantic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, desert, hitman, conspiracy, casino, criminal's revenge, deadly, gangsters, on the run, crime gone awry, bounty hunter, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.2
 3K
Hard Luck (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Three converging story lines involving bootleggers, a serial killer and drug dealers are followed. A former drug dealer tries to go straight, but comes across a stash of stolen drugs. Meanwhile, a middle-aged suburban housewife hides a sadistic and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, gangsters, stolen money, track down, chase, danger, dishonesty, drug dealing, criminal heroes, deadly, crimes, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 4.5
 437
Sunset Heat (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former drug-dealer photojournalist (Michael Paré) returns to Los Angeles and helps friends terrorized by his ex-partner (Dennis Hopper).
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: journalism, hitman, motorcycle, beach, police investigation, life is a bitch, chases and races, crimes, dishonesty, crime, partners against crime, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Back in the Day (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young man slides back into a life of crime after reuniting with a shady acquaintance from his past.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, gang, racism, moral dilemma, introspection, police corruption, starting over, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, crime gone awry, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Movie in collections
 5.2
 2K
Pursued (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A fast rising hi-tech executive must protect his career and family from the ruthless tactics of a homicidal corporate headhunter.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind game, undercover, danger, stalking, espionage, rivalry, psychopath, prodigy, crimes, deadly, false identity, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Illegal Tender (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers - one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters.
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, pregnancy, haunted by the past, crimes, gang, rivalry, drug dealing, vigilantism, revenge, murder, death of father, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, usa, latin america, bronx new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 2.1
 193
Snitch'd (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When the South Side Gang and the Cut Throat Mafia start a drug war at a local high school in Santa Ana, CA, detective McClure goes undercover to investigate the brutal murder of a young Latina student. The gang members are the key suspects but ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, police detective, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, gang, criminal heroes, police corruption, tough law enforcer, society, drug dealing, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.4
 21K
Setup (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gangsters, betrayal, danger, criminal heroes, chases and races, crime gone awry, crimes, dishonesty, crime, prisoner, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.2
 2K
Headshot (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, danger, disorder, deadly, crimes, dishonesty, secret movement, frame up, assassination, sexual content, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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From the Inside (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Alone in their isolated home where no cars pass and no one lives nearby, Vincent and Tally suffer together in a loveless marriage. But what they don't know is that they are not as alone as they think -- a criminal and his psychotic brother are ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, rivalry, danger, crime gone awry, deadly, cons and scams, kidnapping, murderous pair, crimes, dishonesty, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Absolute Killers (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Thriller - Johnny Graham, raised by the Torino crime family after the death of his parents, is repeatedly torn between loyalty to his adoptive family and his conscience. - Edward Furlong, Grace Johnston, Meat Loaf
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: on the run, danger, gangsters, crimes, chases and races, redemption, murder, witness protection, violence, woman in danger, graphic violence, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Good Night to Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: One day in the life of a hit man, Ronnie, who spends it trying to save the life of fellow hit man, August, who he had brought into the business three years ago. August has become a real problem for some of the bosses around town, and Ronnie will ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, criminal's revenge, nothing goes right, betrayal, crime gone awry, working undercover, danger, criminal heroes, deadly, gangsters, dark humor, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 2K
Treed Murray (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An advertising executive, trapped in a tree by a gang of would-be muggers, manipulates them into fighting to save his life.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: mind game, gang, crime gone awry, crimes, rivalry, danger, deadly, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, violence spree, advertising, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.1
 406
Detonator (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A former FBI agent must stop a crazy man from blowing up bombs.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: save the day, undercover, one man army, terrorism, vengeance, law enforcement, deadly, special agents, race against time, danger, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.5
 406
Love (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Serbia and Montenegro
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Told through a looping, non-linear narrative from each of the characters' points of view, the film reconstructs the stories of a Yugoslav hit man, his former lover and her police officer boyfriend, as their paths cross in New York.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, non-linear, neo noir
Plot: hitman, hotel, rescue, woman in danger, redemption, terrorism, murder, hostage, romance, law enforcement, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: former yugoslavia, new york, europe, usa, yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Ten 'til Noon (2006)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Between 11:50 and 12:00 noon, a crime is commited. In the same ten minute period, we follow the lives of the ten people, all connected to this crime. As we see each person's point of view, we are propelled closer and closer to the truth of what ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crime gone awry, vengeance, disorder, couples, dishonesty, rivalry, betrayal, deadly, danger, nudity (full frontal - brief), husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%