Movies like The Man from Nowhere

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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
 7.8
 54K
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Original name: 아저씨
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named Somi, a little girl next door. As Taesik spends more and more time with Somi, he gets attached to her. Then Somi is kidnapped by a gang, and as Taesik tries to save Somi by becoming deeply associated with the gang his mysterious past is revealed...
Style: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, tense, bloody, suspense, exciting, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, martial arts, kidnapping, gang, lone hero, drug lord, missing child, fist fighting, daring rescue, crimes, master warrior, rivalry, heroes, confined, lone wolves, crime, tragedy, neighbor, mafia, danger, drugs/alcohol, disappearance, protection, tragic hero, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about crimes, violence, murder, revenge, blood, heroes and brutality mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like The Man from Nowhere: The Raid: Redemption (2011), Man on Fire (2004), Leon: The Professional (1994), Colombiana (2011), The Equalizer (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, fist fighting, swat team, warrior, martial arts, survival, death, rivalry, high rise, violence spree, swat, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.7
 305K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: tense, rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, lone hero, vengeance, daring rescue, friendship, mercenary, vigilantism, diary, cia, danger, warrior, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious, touching ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, sniper, mentor, loner, killings, neighbor, mafia, dark hero, lone wolves, partners, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 87K
Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: female assassin, vengeance, vigilantism, latinos, crimes, danger, assassin, rivalry, sniper, vigilante, hitman, female killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1992
Place: colombia, usa, chicago illinois, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 297K
The Equalizer (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, lone hero, fighting crime, vigilantism, lone wolves, vigilante, heroes, gunfight, corruption, tough heroes, righting the wronged, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 535K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, one man army, vigilantism, chase, dark hero, rescue, young woman, danger, daring rescue, human trafficking, abduction, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france, arc de triomphe paris
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 422K
John Wick (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, rough, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, one man army, vengeance, dark hero, criminal's revenge, gangsters, vigilante, russian mafia, righteous rage, violence spree, crimes, widower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 95K
Safe (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a former elite agent rescues a 12-year-old Chinese girl who's been abducted, they find themselves in the middle of a standoff between Triads, the Russian Mafia and high-level corrupt New York City politicians and police.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, organized crime, chase, mafia, protector, gunfight, on the run, kidnapping, fist fighting, gangsters, car chase, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
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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, epic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, warrior, martial arts, organized crime, gunfight, police corruption, violence, gangsters, death, gang war, mob boss, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Russian Specialist (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A Russian ex-hit man is called back to Russia for one last job. This time against his former employees, the Russian mob.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, heroes, crimes, tough heroes, danger, deadly, gangsters, gang, kidnapping, prostitute, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: stylized, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, revenge, gangsters, mob boss, stabbing, one man army, buried alive, crime, tough heroes, rules and policies, dishonor among criminals, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 78K
Haywire (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, betrayal, fist fighting, manhunt, chases and races, danger, rivalry, dishonesty, rescue, secret agent, one man army, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., barcelona, europe, usa, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 42K
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: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, california, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Killing Machine (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Trained KGB assassin, EDWARD GENN (code name ICARUS), worked years ago as a sleeper agent in America. But when the Soviet Union collapsed, he quickly found himself in a foreign country with no one to trust. Determined to escape his muddled ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu's boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things ...
Style: stylized, disturbing, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, kidnapping, revenge, ransom, factory worker, drowning, suicide, stabbing, black market, gory, crime gone awry, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 2K
Man on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An ex-CIA agent is hired to protect the daughter of a rich American family.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bodyguard, daring rescue, rescue, kidnapping, vengeance, confined, crimes, haunted by the past, missing child, danger, heroes, track down ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Soo: Revenge for a Twisted Fate (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Tae-soo tries to steal from a gang. The gang catches Tae-Soo's brother, Tae-Jin, instead. The incident causes the brothers to separate. Tae-Soo becomes a mob fixer and an assassin. Tae-Jin becomes a police detective. When a call brings the ...
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 33K
The Protector (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, USA, Hong Kong, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, asia, sydney australia, thailand, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.4
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Ninja Assassin (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the ...
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, one man army, ninja, martial arts, assassin, revenge, punishment, haunted by the past, vengeance, gory, gang, loss of friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: china, asia, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 21K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, good versus evil, imperialism, uninhibited rivalry, master warrior, fist fighting, duel, society, occupation, acceptance, poisoning ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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In Hell (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, martial arts, survival, prison life, murder, isolation, redemption, prison riot, crimes, warden, prison sentence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.3
 2K
Detention (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A heroic high school teacher leads a band of students trapped in school by violent drug-runners.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, ex soldier, survival, one man army, mercenary, hostages, confined, tough heroes, danger, youth, teachers and students, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 22K
The Big Boss (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chen is a city boy who moves with his cousins to work at an ice factory. He does this with a family promise never to get involved in any fight. However, when members of his family begin disappearing after meeting the management of the factory, the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, factory, smuggling, one man army, prostitute, vengeance, drug smuggling, master criminal, district attorney, drug dealing, crimes, heroic mission ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, thailand, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
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 16K
The Yellow Sea (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, violence, stabbing, life is a bitch, crime, chases and races, gangsters, on the run, danger, deadly, gory, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 141K
The Punisher (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When undercover FBI agent Frank Castle's wife and son are slaughtered, he becomes 'the Punisher' -- a ruthless vigilante willing to go to any length to avenge his family.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, tough law enforcer, vengeance, tough heroes, crimes, tragic hero, superhero, funeral, lone wolves, rage, faked death, fighting crime ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.5
 5K
Dragon Eyes (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, one man army, vigilantism, police corruption, small town, gang, fight, righting the wronged, crime, master warrior, tough heroes, tough guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 93K
Unleashed (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Raised as a slave, Danny is used to fighting for his survival. In fact, his "master," Bart, thinks of him as a pet and goes as far as leashing him with a collar so they can make money in fight clubs, where Danny is the main contender. When ...
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, redemption, sadism, child abuse, pianist, vengeance, alienation, crimes, master warrior, fist fighting, parents and children, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 7K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, mafia, neo noir, yakuza, culture clash, gangsters, crime, friendship, crimes, rivalry, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 47K
Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, bodyguard, gangsters, crime, casino, tough heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 13K
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, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, kidnapping, tough heroes, daring rescue, crime, crimes, missing child, tough guy, organized crime, father son relationship, martial arts, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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