Movies like American Kickboxer

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American Kickboxer (1991)
 3.7
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American Kickboxer (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. Will B.J. accept and get even with Denard?
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, heroes, master warrior, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, uninhibited rivalry, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, graphic violence, profanity, courtroom, beach, wrestler, journalism, competition, alcohol abuse, relationship problems, jail, dojo, gym, teaching, training, arrogance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to American Kickboxer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and exciting films with plots about martial arts, rivalry, kickboxing, contests and competitions, ambition, heroes and master warrior mostly in Action, Sport and Drama genres. Some movies like American Kickboxer: Kickboxer (1989), Boyka: Undisputed IV (2016), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Shootfighter II (1996), Bloodfist (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
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Kickboxer (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If your enemy refuses to be humbled... Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, fight, fighting movie, heroes, master warrior, vengeance, revenge, hopes, graphic violence, wheelchair, muay thai ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Boyka: Undisputed IV (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Bulgaria, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the fourth installment of the fighting franchise, Boyka is shooting for the big leagues when an accidental death in the ring makes him question everything he stands for. When he finds out the wife of the man he accidentally killed is in trouble, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: fight, prison, redemption, hand to hand combat, widow, boxing, accidental death, martial arts, arrested, religion, jail, russian ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this rousing sequel to Kickboxer, Tong Po broods about his defeat at the hands of Kurt Sloan. Po and his managers resort to drastic measures to goad Kurt into the ring for a rematch.
Style: serious, rough, feel good, realistic, sequel to cult film ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, master warrior, fight, vengeance, underdog, contests and competitions, tough heroes, athlete and trainer, heroes, combat, one against many ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Shootfighter II (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, working undercover, deadly, crimes, contests and competitions, danger, law enforcement, ambition, rivalry, heroes, master warrior ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 4.7
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Bloodfist (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: To avenge the brutal murder of his brother, Jake Ray journeys to the Philippines, where his search for truth finds him battling both in and out of the ring. But the weapons are always the same: bare fists, bare feet. And the rules never change: last ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, siblings relations, karate, foot chase, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, righting the wronged, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sasha Mitchell ("Kickboxer 2&3") triumphanty returns to the ring as David Sloan, fighting not just for his survival, but for his beautiful wife, who has become the sexual captive of the despicable world champion, Tong Po. Framed, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, semi serious, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, heroes, master warrior, one man army, prison, rape, revenge, murder, vigilantism, vengeance, captivity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.8
 3K
Bloodsport 2 (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there. One of the guards, Demon, feels upset by Alex appearance and tortures him as often as he gets the ...
Style: realistic, serious, intense, suspense, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, prison life, rivalry, contests and competitions, mixed martial arts, heroes, fistfight, underground fighting, tournament, prison brawl, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.8
 759
Ring of Fire (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The main character, Johnny Woo, is a Chinese doctor who has given up fighting in the ring. His brother is a teacher in a kick-boxing club. Johnny Woo fall in love with Julie, whose brother is a teacher in a rival kick-boxing club. Tension builds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, gang war, illegal fistfight, kickboxing, street gang, street fighter, streetfighting, racism, love affair, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.8
 81K
Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, tournament, rivalry, master warrior, underdog, heroes, sport, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bloodsport III (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bloodsport III brings us back to the world of Alex Cardo. This time he must battle in a fight to end all fights - The Kumite, the most vicious warrior alive - Beast. He must not only battle for his own honor, but also avenge the death of Sun, his ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, mixed martial arts, tournament, fistfight, rivalry, ambition, vengeance, underground fighting, kickboxing, hand to hand combat, beating ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 3.5
 176
Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, master warrior, fight, redemption, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, ambition, crimes, rivalry, tough guy, martial arts, martial arts training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
American Shaolin (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into ...
Style: rough, realistic, exciting, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, master warrior, escapades, contests and competitions, misfit, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, fish out of water, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.5
 289
To Be the Best (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eric Kulhane, a member of the U.S. Kickboxing Team, lets his quick temper and obsessive love for beautiful Cheryl make him the perfect target for blackmail. In order to stop ruthless gambler from rigging the World Championship and killing Cheryl, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, kickboxing, vengeance, gambling, obsession, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, tough heroes, strong sexual content, gory, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Philly Kid (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, fight, prisoner, murder, prison, manslaughter, martial arts, sport, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 3.8
 141
Among Dead Men (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Bobby Delgado, undefeated MMA World Champion is incarcerated for eight years after accidentally killing his opponent. During this period of purgatory, Bobby experiences a paranormal 'life changing' event that will dictate his future path ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, redemption, vengeance, rivalry, heroes, ambition, crimes, contests and competitions, tough heroes, survival, deadly, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, tournament, martial arts, prison life, kickboxing, challenge, contests and competitions, convict, taekwondo, fist fighting, jail, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Forced to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he's fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss ...
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, contests and competitions, master warrior, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, heroes, ambition, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Ultimate Game (2001)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An annual contest brings together the fiercest fighters on a remote island to earn the title of the Ultimate Champion. Two fighters must join forces to win the tournament and escape with their lives.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, cult film
Plot: heroes, tough guy, warrior, male female relationship, betrayal, martial arts tournament, abduction, wrestler, kickboxing, competition, underground tournament, cage fighting ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Never Back Down: No Surrender (2016)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Picking up after the events of Never Back Down 2, former MMA champion Case Walker is on the comeback trail to become champion once again.
Style: inspirational, suspense, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: mixed martial arts, hand to hand combat, martial arts, martial arts training, fighting movie, fight, tournament, martial artist, fistfight, kickboxer, kickboxing, sport ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Deadly Bet (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, rivalry, gangsters, crime, ambition, tough heroes, gambling, obsession, redemption, alcohol abuse, sport ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Harder They Fall (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 20 year old kickboxers from opposite ends of Miami, one rich one poor, battle for triumph in sport and their own identities in this coming-of-age action/drama.
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: fight, tough heroes, ambition, athlete's life, rivalry, self discovery, social differences, nothing to lose, sport, martial arts tournament, kickboxing, martial arts ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two feuding brothers (one a policeman, the other a martial arts expert) of different political views, join forces to avenge the death of their father, a retired agent, killed by the mafia.
Style: serious, realistic, intense
Plot: kickboxing, martial arts, karate, kickboxer, kung fu, vengeance, master warrior, hand to hand combat, beating, fistfight, dojo, martial artist ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Nick and Ruben are hoodwinked into a "shootfighter" (no-holds-barred, to the death) martial arts match by the evil Mr. Lee, who has a grudge against world shootfighter champ(and teacher of Nick and Ruben) Shingo.
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battles, gory, strong violent content, stash, adoption, graphic violence, adventure, deadly, contests and competitions, ambition, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 4.0
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The Circuit (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Years ago, Dirk Longstreet walked away from The Circuit, the merciless underground fight club with no rules, where money changes hands as men are killed. But now gangsters have got his brother, and only one more journey inside the ring will save his ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, underground fighting, tough heroes, haunted by the past, rivalry, one man army, ambition, martial arts tournament, athlete's life, contests and competitions, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, kickboxer, athlete and trainer, martial arts tournament, kickboxing, martial arts, fistfight, hand to hand combat, boxing, undisciplined, ambition, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The King of the Kickboxers (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Kahn is a heavy weight kick-box champion, who often kills his opponents in front of the running camera, to sell it on video tape. Jake had to witness once how his brother was killed by him, and now has come for revenge. But first he has to improve ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, heroes, vengeance, tough law enforcer, working undercover, murder, tough heroes, crimes, deadly, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 90s, year 1981, year 1991
Place: thailand, asia, new jersey, bangkok thailand, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 32K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, tournament, fist fighting, streetfighting, drifter, fistfight, fighting movie, martial arts, gangsters, fight, heroes, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there ...
Style: brutal, suspenseful, exciting, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kickboxing, muscleman, muay thai, fighting movie, fight, martial arts, torture, bloody violence, vengeance, mentor, kickboxer, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
American Samurai (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When a father passes on the traditional family sword to one of his two adopted sons, the other--in a fit of jealous rage--joins a yakuza drug smuggling mob. When the other son decides to find him and set things straight, things don't seem to go ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, gory, adventure, culture clash, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, siblings relations, deadly, gangsters, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.4
 76
Raw Target (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This high-powered action flick follows kickboxing champion Johnny Rider, who quits the ring after accidentally killing an opponent but is forced to employ his skills again to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of crime boss Rod Sparks ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, heroes, master warrior, kickboxing, down on your luck, vengeance, chases and races, law enforcement, graphic violence, gang, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%