Movies like The Departed

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The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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 through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful, bleak, rough, clever, twist ending, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, working undercover, mafia, undercover, undercover cop, mind game, organized crime, crimes, police, crime, rivalry, power relations, law enforcement, psychiatrist, heroin, double life, corruption, police corruption, rise and fall, police investigation, neo noir, killings, peril, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, harvard university, china

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Most similar movies to The Departed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, rough, serious and tense films with plots about violence, crimes, crime, dialogue, violent, murder and corruption mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Departed: Goodfellas (1990), New World (2013), American Gangster (2007), Heat (1995), Scarface (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.7
 859K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: 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, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, friendship, shooting, violence, drug dealing, prison, murder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
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 7.6
 17K
New World (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, undercover cop, criminal gang, crime, working undercover, gang warfare, neo-noir, betrayal, crimes, undercover, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroin, drug lord, rise and fall, police corruption, organized crime, smuggling, mafia, mob boss, drug traffic, criminal heroes, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, new jersey, north carolina ...
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100%
 8.2
 503K
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: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crime, heist, robbery, crimes, tough law enforcer, one last job, thief, group of criminals, police detective, cat and mouse, chase ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.3
 633K
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: serious, exciting, rough, epic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, gangsters, cocaine, drug abuse, rise and fall, organized crime, gunfight, mafia, criminal heroes, rise to the top, rivals ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Infernal Affairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, mind game, working undercover, betrayal, organized crime, crime, gunfight, gangsters, police investigation, mole, psychologist, funeral ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, captivating, gloomy, clever, talky ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, murder, police detective, police corruption, prostitute, manipulations, fighting the system, district attorney, domestic violence, corpse, gang, police investigation ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.7
 344K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, rookie, mentor, russian mafia, drug dealer, gang member, crime, frame up, cocaine, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.8
 249K
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, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, undercover, urban, working undercover, organized crime, mentor, crime, shaving cream, stealing money, marriage counselor, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new york, colombia, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 9.2
 1.4M
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, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, pride and honor, gangsters, organized crime, gang war, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer, family values ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: suspense, tense, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, organized crime, vengeance, gang war, criminal heroes, gangsters, social decay, irish, corruption, mob boss, revenge ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1860s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 127K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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, clever, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bar, crime, gangsters, crime gone awry, urban, organized crime, crimes, robbery, criminal heroes, hitman, fall in love, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 312K
The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, group of criminals, girlfriend, gunfight, robbery, crimes, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: track down, hitman, psychopath, crimes, human nature, shooting, peril, sheriff, escape, death, violence spree, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 191K
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, gangsters, crime, group of criminals, heroin, mob boss, fighting crime, urban, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, partners against crime ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, year 1949, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, prohibition, violence, betrayal, corruption, neo noir, organized crime, mafia, crime, love triangle, loyalty, presumed dead ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.9
 180K
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: stylized, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, disco, tragic hero, drug dealing, violence, prison, friends, mafia, neo noir, drug lord, organized crime, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Infernal Affairs 2 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China, Singapore
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, crime, murder, gang war, mind game, gangsters, vengeance, working undercover, police, chinese mafia, police station, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 27K
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, rough, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, gang, drug dealer, drug dealing, chase, crime, police investigation, vengeance, betrayal, undercover, drug lord, megalomaniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, police brutality, drug dealer, police investigation, crime, heroin, traffic jam, smuggling, sniper, drug lord, mafia, french ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: marseille, usa, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, nightclub, crime, law enforcement, gangsters, promotion, heroin, mayor, cocaine, police chief, suicide, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 101K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, twists & turns, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.4
 80K
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: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, friendship, neo noir, epilepsy, mafia, money, gangsters, crime, crime gone awry, stripper, racial slur, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.6
 1.2M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, investigation, crime, police investigation, killings, crimes, police, police detective, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Eastern Promises (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: russian, murder, criminal's revenge, investigation, gangsters, diary, kgb, heroin, track down, hitman, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, st. petersburg russia, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.8
 2K
By the Gun (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A rising Boston gangster (Ben Barnes) endangers those around him when he starts to make moves without the knowledge of his boss (Harvey Keitel).
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, mafia, crime, drugs/alcohol, criminal heroes, gang, crimes, revenge killing, death threat, warehouse, bouquet of flowers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ 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: realistic, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, prohibition, organized crime, mafia, partners against crime, tough cop, tax evasion, white suit, rooftop chase, baseball bat, crime, accountant ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 19K
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: realistic, stylized, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, neo noir, irish, gangsters, crime, undercover, drugs/alcohol, reunion, urban, undercover agent, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, murder, crime, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang, juvenile delinquency, working class, vengeance, witnessing a crime, urban ghetto, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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