Movies Inspired by the Commando/Man on Fire/Leon: The Professional/Taken Movie Formula

by muybueno16 | created - 05 Dec 2015 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

While some of these are easily just mash-ups of The Bourne Identity, D.O.A., Die Hard, The Fugitive or the TV show "24" and all their respective formulas, most of these are done in a similar style to the material found in the hit films Commando, Man on Fire (2004), Leon: The Professional and 2008's original Taken.

Many of these take-offs on the formula have starred the likes of Denzel Washington, Jason Patric, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis, Gina Carano, Pierce Brosnan, Ashley Judd, Nicolas Cage, Mel Gibson and Keanu Reeves.

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1. The Equalizer (2014)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

57 Metascore

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour

Votes: 307,643 | Gross: $101.53M

2. Taken 2 (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Thriller

45 Metascore

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser

Votes: 275,841 | Gross: $139.85M

3. John Wick (2014)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 475,408 | Gross: $43.04M

4. Run All Night (2015)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 95,123 | Gross: $26.44M

5. Missing (2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

When a woman's son goes missing under suspicious circumstances, she will do anything it takes to find him.

Stars: Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman

Votes: 9,298

Short-lived TV series.

6. The Prince (I) (2014)

R | 93 min | Action, Thriller

19 Metascore

When his daughter is kidnapped, a retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival.

Director: Brian A. Miller | Stars: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jessica Lowndes

Votes: 16,285

7. Everly (2014)

R | 92 min | Action, Thriller

35 Metascore

An action/thriller centered on a kidnapped woman who faces down hitmen sent by a mob boss/her captor while trying to protect her family from his wrath.

Director: Joe Lynch | Stars: Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda, Togo Igawa

Votes: 16,098

8. Erased (2012)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

34 Metascore

An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Nick Alachiotis, Liana Liberato, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 27,684

9. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 237,145 | Gross: $92.17M

10. Unknown (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 237,036 | Gross: $63.69M

11. Dying of the Light (2014)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

31 Metascore

When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake's career in the C.I.A., he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irène Jacob

Votes: 9,012

12. Stolen (2012)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

43 Metascore

A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston

Votes: 41,596 | Gross: $0.30M

13. In the Blood (I) (2014)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Danny Trejo

Votes: 10,627

14. Mea culpa (2014)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Franck and Simon are both good cops and partners. Simon has been troubled since he killed three in a drunk driving accident, but when Simons son witnesses a murder, and is hunted by ruthless killers, he's efficiently back.

Director: Fred Cavayé | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Gilles Lellouche, Nadine Labaki, Gilles Cohen

Votes: 2,497

15. Rage (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

28 Metascore

When the daughter of a reformed criminal is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Director: Paco Cabezas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady

Votes: 22,205

16. Taken 3 (2014)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Thriller

26 Metascore

Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

Votes: 167,372 | Gross: $89.26M

17. The November Man (2014)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

38 Metascore

An ex-C.I.A. operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level C.I.A. officials and the Russian President-elect.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich

Votes: 59,877 | Gross: $24.98M

18. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 97,420 | Gross: $17.14M

19. The Outsider (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

23 Metascore

The plot revolves around British military contractor Lex Walker, who is told his daughter has died. When he arrives in Los Angeles and discovers the body is not hers, he begins an investigation.

Director: Brian A. Miller | Stars: Craig Fairbrass, James Caan, Jason Patric, Shannon Elizabeth

Votes: 2,279

20. Salt (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 279,762 | Gross: $118.31M

21. 3 Days to Kill (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Director: McG | Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard

Votes: 82,530 | Gross: $30.70M

22. The Target (2014)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

An ER doctor teams up with an assassination target to rescue his wife, held hostage by corrupt criminals and, in the process, uncovers a conspiracy.

Director: Hong-Seung Yoon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-Sang Yoo, Jin-wook Lee, Sung-ryung Kim

Votes: 1,578

23. Survivor (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

28 Metascore

A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York City, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Paddy Wallace

Votes: 29,042

24. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Jack Ryan, as a young covert C.I.A. analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 116,269 | Gross: $50.58M

25. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

52 Metascore

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 194,576 | Gross: $126.37M

26. Getaway (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

22 Metascore

To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman

Votes: 22,354 | Gross: $10.49M

27. The Cold Light of Day (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Thriller

22 Metascore

After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Verónica Echegui

Votes: 33,317 | Gross: $3.75M

28. Edge of Darkness (2010)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

Votes: 85,442 | Gross: $43.31M

29. Inescapable (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

37 Metascore

Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances, Adib Abdel Kareem must confront what he left behind when his daughter goes missing.

Director: Ruba Nadda | Stars: Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Oded Fehr

Votes: 2,424 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Point Blank (2010)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss.

Director: Fred Cavayé | Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya

Votes: 12,870 | Gross: $0.71M

31. The Gunman (2015)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem

Votes: 36,700 | Gross: $10.64M

32. Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

After her daughter is abducted in Russia, an NYPD detective goes out of her way to find and save her.

Director: Don Michael Paul | Stars: Julie Benz, Amy Bailey, Jeffrey Meek, Naomi Battrick

Votes: 485

33. Seeking Justice (2011)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 43,107 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Get the Gringo (2012)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

Director: Adrian Grunberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Balmore, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jesús Ochoa

Votes: 98,751

35. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Votes: 552,635 | Gross: $128.26M

36. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 56,247 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Lucy (I) (2014)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

61 Metascore

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

Votes: 408,625 | Gross: $126.66M

38. Momentum (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

18 Metascore

Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between... See full summary »

Director: Stephen S. Campanelli | Stars: Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman, Jenna Saras

Votes: 12,806

39. Saluda al diablo de mi parte (2011)

90 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A former guerrilla is reluctantly drawn into the vengeance scheme of one of his victims.

Director: Juan Felipe Orozco | Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Ricardo Vélez, Carolina Gómez, Salvador del Solar

Votes: 688

40. Direct Contact (2009)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

An American prisoner in a Russian jail is given a chance at freedom if he can rescue a kidnapped American woman.

Director: Danny Lerner | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Gina May, Michael Paré, Bashar Rahal

Votes: 2,655

41. The Killing Machine (I) (2010)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A Soviet-trained assassin is determined to escape his double life as a hitman and as a husband-father.

Director: Dolph Lundgren | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Stefanie von Pfetten, Samantha Ferris, David Lewis

Votes: 3,902

42. Bullet to the Head (2012)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sung Kang

Votes: 45,235 | Gross: $9.48M

43. Faster (2010)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

An ex-con gets on a series of apparently unrelated killings. He gets tracked by a veteran cop with secrets of his own and an egocentric hit man.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Mauricio Lopez

Votes: 94,522 | Gross: $23.24M

44. 6 Bullets (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama