Movies like Above the Law

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Above the Law (1988)
 6.0
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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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, sexy, entertaining, intense, melancholic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, torture, cia, senator, tough law enforcer, vengeance, drug dealing, crime, drug lord, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover, master criminal, working undercover, chases and races, life is a bitch, rebellion, society, conspiracy, gunfight, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, chicago illinois, 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, rough, suspenseful and serious films with plots about violence, murder, revenge, crimes, tough guy, gunfight and fistfight mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Above the Law: Hard to Kill (1990), Code of Silence (1985), Out for Justice (1991), Marked for Death (1990), Exit Wounds (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 25K
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: coma, martial arts, hospital, vengeance, training, murder, danger, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1990, 1990s, year 1983
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rescue, chase, police investigation, hitman, missing person, crimes, gangsters, danger, deadly, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police investigation, chase, murder, car chase, crime, gangsters, psychopath, vengeance, gang, tough law enforcer, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, good versus evil, drug dealing, vigilantism, danger, one man army, family, vengeance, strong sexual content, crime, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, caribbean, chicago illinois, west indies, jamaica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.5
 30K
Exit Wounds (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, police corruption, police, chase, drug dealing, kidnapping, betrayal, police investigation, undercover, master criminal, scandal ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 7K
Rapid Fire (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: College student Jake Lo is pursued by smugglers, mobsters and crooked federal agents after he witnesses a murder by a Mafia kingpin.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police corruption, martial arts, undercover cop, drug lord, murder, gangsters, undercover, crime, betrayal, vengeance, partners against crime, college ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, china, beijing china, bangkok thailand, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.0
 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, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, special agents, investigation, murder, psychopath, police investigation, master criminal, crime, tough law enforcer, mind game, race against time, track down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, past, homicide detective, secret agent, tough law enforcer, chases and races, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, toxic, small town, one man army, church, sheriff, danger, investigation, environmentalism, vengeance, race against time, vigilantism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: kentucky, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 4K
Murphy's Law (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tough police detective escapes from custody handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief after being framed for the murder of his ex-wife. He must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, uzi, chase, stalking, false accusation, frame up, psychopath, police investigation, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, drugs/alcohol, tough law enforcer, vengeance, tough heroes, danger, law enforcement, rivalry, gang, gangsters, special agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, eastern europe, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: rough, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, heist, law enforcement, partners against crime, undercover, vengeance, crime, gangsters, reluctant partners, undercover cop, working undercover, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.5
 27K
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, fbi, undercover, crime, criminal heroes, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gang, special agents, tough law enforcer, working undercover, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1986
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.7
 15K
Death Warrant (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, 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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, murder, martial arts, investigation, prisoner, serial killer, partners against crime, undercover, master criminal, track down, undercover cop, working undercover ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.3
 36K
The Dead Pool (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, violence, police, hitman, chinatown, stalker, mafia, prison, reporter, crime, defamation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, martial arts, revenge, chase, investigation, murder, small town, gangsters, urban, crime, track down, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Force of One (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karate champion Matt Logan is enlisted by the police to train officers in self-defense after narcotics agents are killed by an assailant using the martial arts.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, undercover, serial killer, police investigation, crime, master criminal, special unit, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, violence, drive by shooting, gang violence, hand to hand combat, street shootout, murder, vengeance, gang, vigilantism, crime, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: money, debt, old man, gambling, murder, hitman, introspection, down on your luck, crimes, danger, deadly, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Accompanied by an all-star jazz soundtrack, Sharky's new "machine" gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, prostitution, revenge, police, white slavery, transvestism, robbery, scam, martial arts, police investigation, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, violence, revenge, prostitution, vigilantism, police investigation, ex soldier, rape, torture, gore, chase, gang ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.5
 7K
Into the Sun (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, broken neck, fbi, cia, sword, strip club, one man army, assassination, gangsters, master warrior, blood splatter, katana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, frame up, prison, murder, good versus evil, criminal's revenge, crime, vengeance, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, paris france, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, martial arts, death, chase, vengeance, fight, police, vigilantism, murder, police investigation, danger, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 45K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, culture clash, yakuza, police investigation, crime, gang war, fish out of water, gang, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 28K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: rough, serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, gang, drug dealer, drug dealing, chase, crime, police investigation, vengeance, betrayal, undercover, drug lord, megalomaniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Year of the Dragon (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, chinese mafia, crime, racism, polish american, gangsters, police detective, lone wolves, strong sexual content, urban, tough law enforcer, chinatown ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.0
 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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, chase, murder, chinatown, triad, police, crime, gangsters, deadly, police investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.9
 23K
The Rookie (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Veteran cop Nick Pulovski is used to playing musical partners; many of the partners he's had in the past have died on the job, and often as a result of Nick's risky tactics. But the rookie who's been assigned to help Nick bust a ...
Style: rough, semi serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, car chase, kidnapping, murder, vengeance, rescue, police investigation, ransom, buddies, crime, master criminal, odd couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 13K
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, on the run, casino, bus, chase, kidnapping, vengeance, adventure, downfall, rescue, gangsters, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%