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Backdraft (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: They say a blast of flames can take a life ... and hide a secret. But now firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey are battling each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough, surprise ending, intense, suspense, tense, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, investigation, arson, corruption, explosion, fire, danger, pyromaniac, rescue, psychopath, office, rookie, funeral, crimes, sibling relationship, firemen, deadly, couples, mystery, tragic hero, self discovery, couple relations, siblings relations, family relations, drifter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and suspense films with plots about crimes, murder, chase, police investigation, dialogue, mentor and investigation mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Backdraft: Point of Origin (2002), Ladder 49 (2004), Fire with Fire (2012), Breakdown (1997), Kiss the Girls (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Point of Origin (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fact-based drama about an arson investigator searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arson, tragic hero, investigation, crime, rescue, terrorism, mystery, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement, race against time ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 52K
Ladder 49 (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Under the watchful eye of his mentor, Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. However, Jack has reached a crossroads as the sacrifices he's made have put him in ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, rough ...
Plot: firefighter, rescue, practical joke, friendship, funeral, trapped, tragic hero, sacrifice, danger, redemption, heroes, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 5.6
 23K
Fire with Fire (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fireman takes an unexpected course of action when a man whom he's been ordered to testify against – after being held up at a local convenience store – threatens him.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, murder, u.s. marshal, witness protection, rescue, vigilantism, crime, chases and races, firemen, vengeance, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.9
 43K
Breakdown (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, ransom, kidnapping, car chase, uncover truth, desert, danger, chase, car breakdown, vacation, deception, bank ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, arizona, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 57K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, missing person, police investigation, race against time, chases and races, crimes, danger, rivalry, who done it, woman in danger, confined, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The January Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, and corruption all are in the background as Nick tries ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, realistic, humorous, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, investigation, mystery, police investigation, crime, firefighter, neo-noir, psychopath, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.1
 46K
15 Minutes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: violence, revenge, criminal, airport, police detective, video camera, news report, police, death, fear, prisoner, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, serial killer, investigation, forensics, mind game, crime, crimes, riddles and clues, policewoman, law enforcement, black gloves ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 26K
The Double (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin 'Cassius', forces retired CIA operative, Paul Shepherson to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary to solve the crime. Having spent ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: special agents, assassination, investigation, double agent, crime, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, law enforcement, espionage, assassin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c., paris france, mexico, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 26K
Murder at 1600 (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: white house, murder, secret service, politics, investigation, political corruption, laser, crime, cia, crimes, dishonesty, hostages ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, asia, korea, washington d.c., north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 22K
Just Cause (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, revenge, serial killer, prison, neo noir, death row, mystery, psychopath, electric chair, crime, swamp, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
 7K
Bad Country (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South's most powerful crime ring.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, swamp, informant, deep south, police, crime, criminal's revenge, hitman, crimes, rivalry, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.3
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police corruption, amateur detective, female detective, child murder, mystery, psychopath, danger, crime, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 25K
Blown Away (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Blown Away tells the story of Jimmy Dove who works for the Boston bomb squad. Shortly after Dove leaves the force his partner is killed by a bomb that Dove thinks might have been made by someone he knows.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: irish, revenge, violence, vengeance, terrorism, concert, wedding, anarchist, orchestra, fireworks, computer, explosion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Rollercoaster (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, fbi, theme park, murder, terrorism, bomb, inspector, bomb squad, blackmail, terrorist, amusement park, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: chicago illinois, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.0
 25K
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 ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, torture, cia, senator, tough law enforcer, police investigation, vengeance, crime, drug dealing, drug lord, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, neo noir, police, political corruption, crime, police investigation, mystery, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, celebrity, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.2
 339
Gang in Blue (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A black police officer discovers a cell of white supremacist vigilantes within his department.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, corruption, investigation, police corruption, racism, urban, gang, crime, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, interracial relations, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Striking Distance (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted to water-way duty Tom, along with new partner Jo ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, chase, murder, boat, police investigation, frame up, rivalry, car chase, homicide detective, lake or river, tough law enforcer, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia, san francisco, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 19K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, corruption, neo noir, riot, crime, confession, police investigation, interracial relations, ghetto, family, special unit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: At the opening party of a colossal - but poorly constructed - office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: skyscraper, rescue, survival, race against time, trapped, fire, explosion, elevator, helicopter, adventure, firefighter, escape attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Collateral Damage (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Firefighter Gordon Brewer is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing credited to Claudio 'The Wolf' Perrini.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, jungle, revenge, fbi, explosion, vengeance, terrorist, firemen, vigilantism, chases and races, danger, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002
Place: colombia, washington d.c., latin america, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.9
 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 ⇓
42%
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 6.3
 13K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, police, murder, lawyer, stalker, alarm, argument, prostitute, voyeur, jealousy, death, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.6
 622
1st to Die (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A homicide inspector -- Lindsay Boxer -- who teams with three other professional women to catch an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding nights.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police investigation, master criminal, crime, partners against crime, mystery, reluctant partners, mind game, track down, murder, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 38K
Rising Sun (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences ...
Style: gloomy, twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, fish out of water, whodunit, bulletproof vest, journalist, police, restaurant, party, wheelchair, crime, police investigation, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 119K
The Negotiator (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: serious, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, hostages, false accusation, frame up, crime, swat, sniper, uncover truth, police, conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 6K
White Sands (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, neo noir, small town, crime, murder, undercover, investigation, mistaken identity, hidden identity, special agents, small town life, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, private detective, investigation, neo noir, alcoholic, crime, corpse, private investigator, mafia, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, chase, murder, car chase, crime, police investigation, gangsters, psychopath, vengeance, gang, tough law enforcer, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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