Movies like Once Upon a Time in America

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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
 8.4
 326K
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
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: epic, melancholic, atmospheric, rough, bloody, captivating, sadistic, breathtaking, ambiguous ending, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, prohibition, corruption, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, childhood friend, gunfight, torture, murder, rise and fall, regret, politician, drugs/alcohol, betrayal, dishonor among criminals, childhood friends, jewish, memory, female full frontal nudity, crime, crime gone awry ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s, 20th century, 20s
Place: new york, usa, miami

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Most similar movies to Once Upon a Time in America

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and intense films with plots about murder, gangsters, gangster, brutality, crimes, crime and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Once Upon a Time in America: Goodfellas (1990), The Untouchables (1987), The Godfather (1972), Casino (1995), Boardwalk Empire (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, rise and fall, crimes, friends, mentor, court, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, bronx new york city ...
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88%
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, captivating, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, smuggling, tough law enforcer, bribery, trial, court, crimes, tough cop, police investigation, fighting crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 1.7M
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: captivating, serious, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, greed, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.2
 482K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: realistic, rough, clever, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, rise and fall, casino, crime, greed, criminal heroes, gangsters, crimes, fbi, blind ambition, gambling ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1980 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, kansas city, costa rica, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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Story: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, tense, saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, crime boss, smuggling, businessman, politician, corruption, americana, ambitious ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city, chicago illinois, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 345K
The Irishman (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 209 min.
Story: A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, thought provoking, neo noir ...
Plot: mafia, italian mafia, labor union, hitman, organized crime, life, murder, high society, father daughter relationship, killer as protagonist, mob hit, arrest ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: chicago illinois, philadelphia, pennsylvania, detroit, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: rough, stylized, tense, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, revenge, organized crime, betrayal, gang war, gangsters, courage, racial slur, army, social decay, crime boss ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, victorian era, 1860s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 104K
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crime, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.6
 719K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, street gang, society, gang war, crimes, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, melancholy, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, corruption, immigrants, pride and honor, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 234K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, mafia, gang, fist fighting, greed, rivalry, rebellion, ambitious, uninhibited rivalry, bootlegging ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 11K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, bandit, crimes, crime, psychopath, rich and poor, interracial relations, gambling, graphic violence, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 773K
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, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, mafia, mob boss, cocaine, drug cartel, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: neo noir, atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, love triangle, blackmail, mayor, jewish, gang war, power struggle, boxing ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 204K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, prison rape, childhood, courtroom drama, vengeance, pedophile, homosexual rape, torture, haunted by the past, rape, murder trial ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.0
 9K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty, blind ambition, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 591K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, getaway driver, lone wolves, tough heroes, mechanic, danger, criminal's revenge, organized crime, crimes, heist, chases and races, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 207K
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: neo noir, rough, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, nightclub, tragic hero, drug dealing, prison, ex convict, drug lord, disco, crime, crimes, starting over ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
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, harsh, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, organized crime, mob boss, mafia, drug trafficking, heroin, police corruption, smuggling, drug traffic, police detective, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kill the Irishman (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, mob boss, gangsters, gang war, organized crime, corruption, irish, assassination attempt, crime, crimes, power struggle, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1977 ...
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, new york, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ 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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, helicopter, revenge, assassination, mob boss, priest, family relations, christianity, symbolism, pope ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980, year 1979
Place: italy, new york, vatican, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 173K
Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: captivating, realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, crime, brutality, fbi, murder, organized crime, arms dealing, crimes, illness, mafia, gangster ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1995 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, miami, santa monica california ...
⇓ 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: suspenseful, rough, melancholic, brutal, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, paparazzi, fall in love, vengeance, going straight, crime boss, dishonor among criminals, criminal heroes, starting over, violence, criminal's revenge, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, bleak, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, mafia, hitman, bank robbery, manhunt, organized crime, murder, betrayal, criminal heroes, on the road ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, serious, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, junkie, drug dealing, heist, friendship, murder, robbery, crime, crimes, buddies, kids in trouble ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, police officer killed, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, confined, law enforcement, legal, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, crime gone awry, gangsters, hitman, bandit, crimes, gambling, mafia, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, poker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 22K
Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: labor union, gangsters, politics, crimes, rise and fall, social activist, political corruption, political intrigue, dishonesty, fighting the system, rebellion, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: detroit, new york, usa, michigan, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 3K
Capone (1975)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, police investigation, gunfight, jail, crimes, gang, criminal heroes, rivalry, murder, brutality, prohibition ...
Time: 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 48K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, power, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, manhattan new york city, new york, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%