Movies like Backdraft

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Backdraft (1991)
 6.7
 65K
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, fire, explosion, danger, psychopath, office, rescue, pyromaniac, 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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Most similar movies to Backdraft

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and suspense films with plots about dialogue, chase, vengeance, mentor, murder, storytelling and catastrophe mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Backdraft: Ladder 49 (2004), Kiss the Girls (1997), Breakdown (1997), The Double (2011), Point of Origin (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, serious, sincere, 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 ⇓
100%
 6.6
 59K
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, suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, missing person, woman in danger, crimes, investigation, who done it, mystery, serial killer, forensics, murder, violence against women ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 44K
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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: murder, ransom, kidnapping, car chase, uncover truth, desert, car breakdown, vacation, barn, captive, donut, deception ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, arizona, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 27K
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, realistic, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: special agents, assassination, investigation, double agent, crime, deadly, ex law enforcer, crimes, espionage, assassin, spy, hunt down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, mexico, washington d.c., paris france, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, stylized, realistic, 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 ⇓
35%
 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, rough, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: violence, revenge, criminal, airport, police, prisoner, prison, death, fear, russian, paranoia, video camera ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, crime, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia, san francisco, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 27K
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, politics, investigation, secret service, political corruption, laser, crime, cia, crimes, dishonesty, hostages ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, asia, korea, washington d.c., north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 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, neo noir, prison, psychopath, death row, mystery, electric chair, crime, swamp, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.1
 31K
Get Carter (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Remake of the British classic. Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, travels back to his hometown of Seattle for his brother's funeral. During this visit, Carter realizes that the death of his brother was not accidental, but a ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ritual, hitman, murder, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, vengeance, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, rivalry, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: murder, firefighter, u.s. marshal, witness protection, vigilantism, crime, chases and races, firemen, vengeance, crimes, danger, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new orleans, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, investigation, mistaken identity, crime, murder, undercover, hidden identity, working undercover, crimes, who done it, mystery, neo noir ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 26K
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, anarchist, computer, explosion, concert, fireworks, wedding, orchestra ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Untouchables (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, organized crime, mafia, crime, tough cop, bribery, partners against crime, fighting crime, trial, gangsters, police investigation, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
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, latin america, washington d.c., los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 121K
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: suspense, suspenseful, intellectual, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, hostages, conspiracy, murder, crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 243K
The Fugitive (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, a determined detective who will not rest until ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, frame up, protagonist as suspect, on the run, uncover truth, fugitives, betrayal, escape, death sentence, framed for murder, corruption, doctor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 26K
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, torture, cia, senator, tough law enforcer, vengeance, drug dealing, crime, drug lord, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, japan, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, humorous, realistic, 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 ⇓
27%
 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 ⇓
27%
 5.3
 24K
The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychiatrist, fbi, murder, psychopath, car chase, riddles and clues, crime, chase, psychotherapy, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 94K
Frequency (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When a rare phenomenon gives police officer John Sullivan the chance to speak to his father, 30 years in the past, he takes the opportunity to prevent his dad's tragic death. After his actions inadvertently give rise to a series of brutal ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, tense, sentimental ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, investigation, rescue, radio, murder, sent to the past, baseball, haunted by the past, hopes, serial killer, firefighter ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, 1990s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, prostitute, special unit ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 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 ⇓
25%
 5.5
 58K
The Specialist (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Peru
Duration: 110 min.
Story: May Munro is a woman obsessed with getting revenge on the people who murdered her parents when she was still a girl. She hires Ray Quick, a retired explosives expert to kill her parent's killers. When Ned Trent, embittered ex-partner of ...
Style: sexy, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revenge, explosive, assassination, haunted by the past, tough heroes, danger, deadly, rivalry, organized crime, police investigation, explosives expert ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994, year 1984
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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 ⇓
25%
 6.6
 110K
Ransom (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: millionaire, kidnapping, fbi, bounty, rescue, crime, ransom, reward, crime gone awry, kidnapped child, tough heroes, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.0
 80K
Righteous Kill (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, police investigation, revenge, drugs/alcohol, urban, vigilantism, dirty cop, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 39K
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: twists and turns, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, fish out of water, whodunit, bulletproof vest, restaurant, wheelchair, party, journalist, police, crime, police investigation, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, japan, tokyo, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, twists and turns, rough, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, serial killer, forensics, mind game, riddles and clues, crime, policewoman, master criminal, investigation, reluctant partners, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%