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6 Movies like Point Break: Adrenaline, Stunts & Bank Heists

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Dale Barham itcherPrepare to throw caution to the wind with movies like ‘Point Break’, ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Drive’ as you launch down a highway filled with high-­octane stunts, car chases and charismatic criminals with a real sense of gusto.~ Dale Barham


Films like ‘Point Break’ are the kinds of films that leave you breathless. Not only do they deliver a hearty double blow of action and stunts, they also revel in tense story plotting and unfathomable set pieces designed to knock you off your feet. Believe me, you’ll be picking your jaw up off the floor by the end of them.

So whether they’re about bank heists, car chases or boast a devil may care attitude, these next movies will offer all the fun of ‘Point Break’ and then some more! Find that a difficult concept to grasp? Why not check ‘em out and see for yourself?

Movies Similar to ‘Point Break’…
‘The Fast and the Furious’ (Rob Cohen, 2001)

This is where it all started for ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, quite humble beginnings when you compare it to the latest instalments, don’t you think?

The late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel kick things off for the tarmac­destroying mega­series as the undercover FBI agent (Walker) and the drag racer under investigation (Diesel) who form a bond tighter than brotherhood. Only when it comes time to do his duty, Walker finds it hard figuring out where his loyalties lie.

Expect balls-­to-­the-­wall racing and all the comradery of ‘Point Break’.

Similarity Match: 95%
Think of it like ‘Point Break’ with more car chases. You’ve got thieves and the undercover agent… but sadly no surfing.

‘The Town’ (Ben Affleck, 2010)

Ben Affleck directs this stunning bank heist thriller about the notorious and crime­ridden neighbourhood of Charlestown, Boston. When a member of a team of armed robbers falls in love with one of his former hostages, he has to tip­toe around the expectations of his family, his blossoming relationship and the FBI agent who is hot on his trail.

If you’ve been living in a cave and thought Affleck’s career was dead in the water, check out this bad boy

Similarity Match: 90%
This is like a mature ‘Point Break’. You’ve got the bank robbers with the kooky masks but this is more of a meditation on the relationships you form within your surroundings.

‘Drive’ (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)

You know, I always thought Ryan Gosling was the go to pretty boy in Hollywood and never really took him seriously as an actor … but then I saw ‘Drive’.

Here he owns the screen with an understated and subtle performance (is that an oxymoron?) as a Hollywood stuntman who uses his skills to work as a proficient getaway driver. However, when he tries to help out the family down the hall, things take a turn for the worse.

Worse for the bad guys anyway! Elevator head stomp anybody?

Similarity Match: 75%
Just like ‘Point Break’, there are scenes here that’ll literally leave you breathless. However this is more of a slow (yet stylised) affair that prefers to take its time.

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ (Derek Cianfrance, 2012)

Would you look at that? Here he is again!

Ryan Gosling swaps the stunt car for the stunt bike this time round as the small time carnival performer who decides enough is enough and starts robbing banks with his pristine bike-­riding skills to provide for his son.

Strap in tight, this is one gritty epic that spans generations.

Similarity Match: 75%
It’s another fantastic movie with great stunt work, but this is much more expansive and dramatic than ‘Point Break’.


If You Like ‘Point Break’, You Will Like…

So maybe you watched ‘Point Break’ because you’re a fan of EXTRA crazy, insane action that leaves your jaw on the floor and makes your eyes pop out of your skull? Stuff that goes above and beyond the expectations of the other crime thrillers listed above? If that sounds like you, why not check these movies out as well?

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (George Miller, 2015)

From the director of ‘Happy Feet’ and ‘Babe: Pig in the City’ comes this completely mental action film that does away with a plot and instead opts for car chases, explosions and a weird wasteland nutter playing heavy metal riffs on top of a monster truck.

Tom Hardy takes the reigns from Mel Gibson as Max and joins Charlize Theron on a desert-
trekking mission to free a people and bring justice to a crazy post-­apocalyptic world.

I always thought ‘Point Break’ set the bar for stunt work inventive shots, but ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ sets it that little bit higher.

‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ (Michael Davis, 2007)

Clive Owen stars in this gloriously ludicrous action flick as Mr Smith, a man who was simply minding his own business … before he had to deliver a baby during a shootout and kill a guy with a carrot. Paul Giamatti co­stars in what is a violent and deranged thriller that’s every bit as crazy as you’d expect. While it was never going to win any awards, there’s a reason this is one of my biggest guilty pleasure movies.

While this is as fun as ‘Point Break’, the story is definitely second to all the gunfights and action sequences.


I Think I Need a Breather…

Well I think that’s enough gun-­toting, car-­chasing madness for one day, don’t you? Don’t be sad though, guys! There’s more than enough action, thrills and spills for you to marvel at here! So go and watch ‘em all!

Or if you’ve seen them already, let me know what you thought of them in the comments section below.

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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