Movies like Above the Law

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Above the Law (1988)
 6.0
 29K
Above the Law (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing.
Style: exciting, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending, cult film, buddy movie, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, undercover, drug dealing, crimes, vengeance, dishonesty, law enforcement, working undercover, chases and races, deadly, rivalry, conspiracy, lone hero, aikido, police investigation, brutality, torture, cia, senator, police officer, drug lord, crime, life is a bitch, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: chicago illinois, vietnam, usa, japan, asia, california

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Most similar movies to Above the Law

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about tough guy, gun, violence, gunfight, crimes, brutality and gangsters mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Above the Law: Hard to Kill (1990), Out for Justice (1991), Kill Switch (2008), Marked for Death (1990), Code of Silence (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
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Hard to Kill (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mason Storm, a 'go it alone' cop, is gunned down at home. The intruders kill his wife, and think they've killed both Mason and his son too. Mason is secretly taken to a hospital where he spends several years in a coma. His son ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: coma, vengeance, martial arts, murder, danger, hospital, corrupt official, against the odds, intrigue, crime, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, 1990s, year 1990, 90s
Place: los angeles, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Out for Justice (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. Killing his Partner was someone's mistake, because he's now Out For Justice.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, chase, martial arts, car chase, aikido, psychopath, police investigation, brooklyn new york city, vengeance, crime, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.9
 4K
Kill Switch (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A troubled detective travels to Memphis in order to track down a pair of serial killers.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, special agents, murder, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, rivalry, law enforcement, race against time, track down, tough law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Marked for Death (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican drug ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, drug dealing, murder, danger, vengeance, revenge, crimes, crime, family, against the odds, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, jamaica, west indies, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Code of Silence (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, gangsters, danger, heroes, rescue, martial arts, hitman, police investigation, crimes, partners, lone wolves, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.1
 17K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Danny is a young cop partnered with Nick, a seasoned but ethically tainted veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny relies on Nick but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the way Nick gets things done.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chinatown, chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, triad, gang war, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fire Down Below (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Martial arts star Steven Seagal stars in this action drama as Jack Taggart, an undercover agent working for the Environmental Protection Agency. When an EPA representative is murdered in a small Appalachian community, Taggart is sent in -- posing as ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, toxic, investigation, environmentalism, danger, good versus evil, tough law enforcer, deadly, dishonesty, brutality, environment, martial arts ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: kentucky, usa, appalachia, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 32K
Exit Wounds (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, kidnapping, betrayal, drug dealing, police, police investigation, fighting the system, law enforcement, master criminal, deadly, working undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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An Eye for an Eye (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places.
Style: serious, exciting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: undercover, vengeance, chase, martial arts, vigilantism, danger, police, fighting crime, drug dealing, chases and races, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Glimmer Man (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former government operative renowned for his stealth, Jack Cole is now a Los Angeles police detective. When a series of horrible murders occurs in the metro area, Cole is assigned to the case, along with tough-talking fellow cop Jim Campbell. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, reluctant partners, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, partners, chases and races, deadly, law enforcement, police corruption, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, revenge, murder, chase, investigation, gangsters, martial arts, danger, car chase, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.4
 3K
Renegades (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Buster McHenry (Sutherland) is as an undercover agent for the police. His mission involves him in a robbery. Buster gets shot but Hank Storm (Phillips), an Indian, helps Buster. Since Hank wants a spear in the possession of the criminals that Buster ...
Style: serious, rough, suspense, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police corruption, heist, gangsters, undercover, law enforcement, vengeance, reluctant partners, partners against crime, crime, crimes, chases and races, working undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, canada, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.6
 373K
Sicario (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, dark ...
Plot: moral dilemma, black ops, tough girl, cia, mercenary, drug cartel, special agents, u.s. mexico border, cia agent, drug smuggling, drug dealing, neo noir ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 31K
Raw Deal (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, tough law enforcer, heroes, fbi, vengeance, crimes, gang, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, working undercover, rebellion, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, year 1986, twentieth century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.7
 17K
Death Warrant (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate in some murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Lois, using his outstandings martial arts is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, murder, investigation, martial arts, prisoner, serial killer, undercover, partners against crime, master criminal, track down, law enforcement, working undercover ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, prison, murder, good versus evil, gangsters, martial arts, vengeance, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, danger, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, paris france, hong kong, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Exterminator (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, violence, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, gory, crimes, deadly, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Pistol Whipped (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Steven Seagal stars in this gritty, no-holds barred action film as an elite ex-cop with a gambling problem and a mountain of debt. When a mysterious man offers to clear his debts in exchange for the assassination of the city's most notorious ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, murder, hitman, debt, redemption, introspection, crimes, danger, deadly, downfall, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 5.4
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Deadly Target (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Chinese gangster in Los Angeles escapes on the eve of his deportation to Hong Kong. A martial-arts master detective and his ragtag team get caught up in the action as they track down this ruthless killer.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, gang, dishonesty, deadly, tough heroes, crimes, missing person, vengeance, law enforcement, rivalry, crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Original Gangstas (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A violent street gang, the Rebels, rule the streets of Gary, Indiana. The Rebels shoot Marvin Bookman, a store-keeper, for giving the police information about a drive-by shooting they committed. Marvin's son, former NFL star John who created ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vigilantism, vigilante, murder, violence, profanity, heroes, fistfight, hand to hand combat, drive by shooting, gunfight, gang violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 5K
McQ (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.
Style: serious, suspense, twists and turns, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, murder, police corruption, fighting crime, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, crime, investigation, drug dealing, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Boiling Point (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, murder, investigation, prison, crimes, crime, redemption, working undercover, master criminal, vengeance, special agents, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 45K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, drug cartel, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, police officer, cocaine, machismo, vigilantism, organized crime, heroes, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, los angeles, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 4.6
 3K
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: rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, gangsters, martial arts, one man army, save the day, crimes, gang, danger, deadly, rivalry, gory, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia, eastern europe, romania, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.5
 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: assassination, gangsters, fbi, one man army, vengeance, crimes, master criminal, undercover, law enforcement, race against time, danger, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.5
 296
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: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, undercover, chase, prostitute, police detective, renegade, police officer, computer cracker, crime, partners, dishonesty, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Assassination Games (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Romania
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brazil is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, karate, assassination, chases and races, partners, vengeance, kickboxing, crimes, sniper, anti heroes, fight, drug cartel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bucharest, ukraine, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Born to Raise Hell (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hard core Interpol Agent is assigned to an Eastern European task force to target gun trafficking and dope running throughout the Balkans. While investigating a Russian gun dealer, his team is caught in a bloody street war between a Gypsy gang and ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, gangsters, gang, special agents, law enforcement, loss of partner, chases and races, danger, revenge, brutality, tough heroes, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, bucharest, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 115K
The Raid 2 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover ...
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, brutal, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fist fighting, martial arts, warrior, organized crime, gangsters, undercover, hand to hand combat, violence, fight, one man army, gunfight, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sex slavery, sex slave, human trafficking, martial arts, gangsters, crimes, tough law enforcer, crime, rivalry, police investigation, master criminal, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand, usa, asia, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%