Movies like Once a Thief 1996

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Once a Thief (1996)
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Once a Thief (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord who raised and trained them. After being imprisoned in Hong Kong, Mac is forcefully recruited into a clandestine international crime-fighting unit by a hard-nosed, menacing Director. He is teamed in Vancouver with Li Ann, who thought Mac was dead, and her new fiancé Victor Mansfield, an ex-cop who is attracted to the unorthodox methods of the agency. Conflict flares between Mac and Victor as the trio take on their assignment. They soon learn that their principal target is their foster brother Michael Tang, who had been given Li Ann as his future wife and who has vowed to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty to the "family".
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, heist, vengeance, love triangle, drug dealing, betrayal, crime, on the run, track down, manhunt, haunted by the past, chases and races, dishonesty, master criminal, law enforcement, renegade, criminal heroes, rivalry, undercover, going straight, criminal's revenge, renegades
Time: 90s
Place: canada, hong kong, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about crimes, rivalry, crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal heroes and betrayal mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Once a Thief: Harold Robbins' Body Parts (2001), Ice (1994), Full Contact (1992), Tha Eastsidaz (2000), Players (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Harold Robbins' Body Parts (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ty's pal J.J. frames him in a murder and cocaine theft in Hong Kong in 1992. Ty's wife Rachel may be in on the con, so, when Ty gets early release from prison as a gesture of good will from the city's new Mainland government, he ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary
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Ice (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A married couple of cat burglars scheme to rob a set of stolen diamonds from the local mafia only to be hampered by persistent police detectives, another scam artist, and a rival mob group.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, cult film ...
Plot: jewel thief, chases and races, deadly, crime gone awry, rivalry, gang, hitman, tough heroes, heist, woman in danger, couple relations, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
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Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, betrayal, gang, heist, haunted by the past, master criminal, danger, dishonesty, crime gone awry, gays and lesbians, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tha Eastsidaz (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Snap, Crackle, and Pop are top dogs in the Eastsidaz gang in Long Beach. Pop, also known as Killa, is the alpha dog. He has Crackle and Snap set up a big drug deal that's going to put him on easy street. But Crackle and Snap have their own ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gang, criminal heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, partners, drug dealing, betrayal, frame up, prison ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Players (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Learning of a fortune in gold being secretly shipped to Romania, master thieves Charlie and Riya assemble a crack team to steal it.
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: heist, gang, vengeance, cons and scams, crimes, partners, betrayal, bollywood, safecracker, rivalry, caper, master criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, crimes, gang, partners, law enforcement, danger, confined, battles, heist, deadly, chases and races, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Newsmakers (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia, Sweden
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A gang of crooks robbing cash collectors, run into a police surveillance team and the inadequate police response results in a gunfight. A TV crew on assignment in the area happens to capture this humiliation on camera, and this example of police ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manipulation, gang, dishonesty, manipulations, tv show, journalism, law enforcement, rivalry, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, media, track down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
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69%
 6.2
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Bloody Tie (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In this uncompromising vision of the gritty Korean underworld, a crystal meth dealer with a tragic past is forced to team up with a renegade cop to take down a powerful crime lord. Reminiscent of the Hong Kong action films of the 80’s but full of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, snitch, undercover, criminal's revenge, dealer, drug abuse, criminal heroes, gangsters, crimes, drug dealing, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, busan, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Legendary Assassin (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An assassin who is fresh from his latest kill becomes stranded in an island, when he inadvertently befriends a female police officer. As the night progresses, the unspoken truth honored by the two sides of the law is broken. After the remains of a ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 3.6
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Dead Drop (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After surviving a fall from a plane 3000-feet over the ocean, a former CIA operative turned government contractor re-infiltrates a dangerous North Mexican drug trafficking ring to find his own killer. With his memory unraveling, he descends into a ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, china, taiwan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 100 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Setup (2011)
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Country: USA
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Shooters (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gilly comes out of prison after serving a six year stretch and decides that he will now turn his life around and go straight. But when he returns to his South London home and visits his old colleague J, in hope of obtaining his share of the proceeds ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
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Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Double Tap (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 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, police investigation, criminal's revenge, hitman, track down, vengeance, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, danger, master criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Killers Edge (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A cop teams up with an FBI agent to track down a counterfeiter.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: counterfeiter, fbi, vietnam veteran, police officer, law enforcement, undercover, chases and races, crime, police detective, tough heroes, vengeance, city life ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, life is a bitch, fighting crime, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, gang, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, crimes, danger, crime, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Last Run (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Frank Banner used to specialize in helping Soviet spies defect safely to the West. Banner's wife was shot to death aiding such an escape. Now, with the Cold War over, Banner is called upon to safely escort an ex-K.G.B. man who is wanted dead by ...
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Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, espionage, undercover, on the run, haunted by the past, vengeance, working undercover, secret agents, law enforcement, rivalry, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The plot includes the plight of two women who both find themselves betrayed by the men they love. It's a violent female 'buddy' movie, with two mismatched heroines, a policewoman (Cheung) & a drug addicted prostitute(Guo) ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Collectors (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shifting alliances put a pair of hardnosed hit men in jeopardy in this 1999 crime caper. A New Orleans mob boss looking to settle scores sends Ray (Rick Fox) and A.K. (Casper Van Dien) to New York City to collect overdue debts.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, buddies, chases and races, crimes, gory, dishonesty, chase, deadly, police corruption, rivalry, partners against crime, partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.5
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Detour (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Danny and his gang attempt to rob the warehouse of a mob boss, they find themselves on the run. Danny goes back to his hometown to find his mother has recently died leaving him the farm on the condition that he must open the dairy and run it ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, neo noir
Plot: farm, on the run, mob boss, warehouse, crimes, law enforcement, vengeance, cons and scams, frame up, disorder, gangsters, crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Two Coyotes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, hitman, criminal's revenge, gangsters, addiction, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, drug dealing, crimes, working undercover, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.6
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Styx (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Nelson puts his criminal ways behind him, having spent years as a first-rate safecracker. This resolution lasts until his brother finds himself owing money to organised crime and Nelson needs to do one last big job, with a few other professionals.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, police shootout, debt, going straight, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, gang, master criminal, betrayal, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Dhoom 2 (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: India, South Africa, Brazil
Duration: 152 min.
Story: In the second installment of the Dhoom series, Jai and Ali are back as the buddy cops on their toughest job so far. "Mr.A" is an international thief who has planned to steal a priceless artifact in Mumbai and the police have got to nab ...
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Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, india, asia, mumbai india, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 3.8
 4K
Gun (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Detroit gun runner Rich (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) works to sniff out a traitor in his midst after being targeted by the FBI and having barely surviving a weapons deal gone awry. Rich was all set to unload a serious supply of firepower ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
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The Big Swindle (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After being convicted for fraud, one month has passed since CHOI Chang-Hyuk's release from jail. But this time around he's got and elaborate plan cooked up. It's the biggest bank heist in history that'll make any thief have a wet ...
Style: stylized, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Contract (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Hannah has been trained in the lethal art of assasination by her father Luc, a former sniper with the special forces in Vietnam. When her father is unexpectedly killed she is forced to choose between the violent world she knows and the ordinary ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: danger, deadly, crimes, chases and races, dishonesty, crime, rivalry, graphic violence, hitman, vengeance, conspiracy, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Breach of Trust (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: For opposite reasons, an undercover federal agent and a small time hood join forces to take on a union of drug lords and dirty cops.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cartel, computer, partners, on the run, betrayal, criminal's revenge, investigation, master criminal, crime, chases and races, secret agents, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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