Movies like Carlito's Way

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Carlito's Way (1993)
 7.9
 192K
Carlito's Way (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, melancholic, intense, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, tragic hero, drug dealing, disco, violence, prison, ex convict, drug lord, crime, nightclub, starting over, haunted by the past, going straight, mafia, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, release from prison, jewish, neo noir, dancer, cocaine, district attorney ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and rough films with plots about gangsters, violence, crime, gangster, crimes, corruption and murder mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Carlito's Way: Scarface (1983), Goodfellas (1990), The Godfather (1972), Heat (1995), Casino (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.3
 702K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, cocaine, drug dealing, mafia, gunfight, rise and fall, mob boss, drug cartel, criminal heroes, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 965K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch, mentor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1955 ...
Place: florida, usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 1.5M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, family saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, greed, mob boss, cosa nostra, lawyer, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 549K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, heist, gunfight, robbery, thief, group of criminals, crime, crimes, one last job, police detective, chase, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.2
 439K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: realistic, clever, rough, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, mafia, crime, organized crime, rise and fall, criminal heroes, blind ambition, crimes, drug abuse, fbi, greed, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1983 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 273K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home ...
Style: dark humor, serious, rough, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crime, criminal heroes, family life, killings, psychiatrist, crimes, family relations, ambition, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 13K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, youth, neo noir, rivalry, crime, prison life, society, crimes, confined, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 137K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, bar, criminal heroes, robbery, criminal's revenge, danger, crimes, fall in love, crime, hitman, murder mystery, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 33K
Pusher (1996)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: heroin, drug dealing, robbery, drug dealer, crime gone awry, crime, gangsters, crimes, plan gone awry, disorder, criminal heroes, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 265K
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, fbi, organized crime, mentor, undercover, friends, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, crime, undercover agent ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new york, usa, colombia, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 198K
True Romance (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
Style: bleak, stylized, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, cocaine, mexican standoff, drug dealing, romance, gangsters, gunfight, crime, crimes, peril, gun violence, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, gang, cocaine, violence, crime, crimes, rivalry, mafia, organized crime, gunfight, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 93K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, gangsters, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crime, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 20K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: captivating, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, car chase, party, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crime, mafia, parents and children, siblings relations, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, corruption, mafia, neo noir, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, mayor, gang war, bookies ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, mafia, crimes, working undercover, police, crime, undercover cop, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, taiwan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, organized crime, corruption, melancholy, casino, death, blood ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, sicily, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.0
 7K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crime, drug dealing, wall street, crimes, going straight, criminal heroes, cons and scams, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 161K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, organized crime, betrayal, greed, cocaine, violence, murder, gangsters, going straight, criminal heroes, cheating ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mafia film in Tarantino style with a star-studded cast. Jimmy’s “The Saint” gangster career has finally ended. Yet now he finds him self doing favors for a wise godfather known as “The Man with the Plan.”
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: crime gone awry, gangsters, hitman, buddies, one last job, mafia, crimes, fall in love, deadly, coffin, crime, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, colorado, denver colorado, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights), Mario Van Peebles (Ali), Luis Guzmán (Carlito's Way) and Sean Combs (Monster's Ball) star in the gripping tale of the early years of gangster legend Carlito Brigante. Seduced by the power of the brutal ...
Style: rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: puerto rican, vengeance, police corruption, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, unfulfillment, interracial relations, blind ambition, tough heroes, rise to the top, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.
Style: epic, stylized, saga, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, helicopter, christianity, organized crime, assassination, priest, confession, pope, lawyer, vatican, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1980, year 1979
Place: italy, usa, new york, europe, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: atmospheric, rough, melancholic, breathtaking, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, criminal heroes, corruption, gangster, torture, murder, prohibition, gunfight, regret ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 1960s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 30K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, intense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, chase, drug dealing, gang, friendship, betrayal, gangsters, crime, addiction, crimes, rise and fall, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, drug lord, mob boss, police corruption, mafia, heroin, drug traffic, drug trafficking, smuggling, rise and fall, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
London Boulevard (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A parolee battles a gangster for the affections of a reclusive movie star.
Style: rough, suspenseful, melancholic, brutal, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paparazzi, violence, fall in love, vengeance, going straight, criminal heroes, dishonor among criminals, gangsters, starting over, criminal's revenge, ex convict, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gunfight, friendship, african american, crime, hip hop, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 13K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang war, violence, gang, gangsters, crime, extortion, leadership, psychopath, criminal heroes, rivalry, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 201K
Gangster Squad (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mob boss, organized crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, corruption, mafia, crimes, police brutality, fighting crime, partners against crime, squad, power struggle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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