Movies like American Gangster

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American Gangster (2007)
 7.8
 355K
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 comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, harsh, suspense, rough, captivating, intense, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroin, drug lord, rise and fall, police corruption, organized crime, smuggling, mafia, mob boss, drug traffic, criminal heroes, ambition, dishonesty, law enforcement, society, drug dealing, police detective, drug trafficking, anti-hero, life philosophy, crime, morality, police brutality, attempted murder, african american ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1970, 1990s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, new jersey, coney island brooklyn new york city, bangkok thailand, bronx new york city ...

Most similar movies to American Gangster

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and intense films with plots about violence, crime, crimes, corruption, murder, violent and brutality mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like American Gangster: Goodfellas (1990), Scarface (1983), Blow (2001), Donnie Brasco (1997), The Departed (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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%
 7.6
 218K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: realistic, stylized, gloomy, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, gangsters, cocaine, blind ambition, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: latin america, california, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.5
 1.0M
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 ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, working undercover, mafia, undercover, undercover cop, mind game, organized crime, crimes, police, crime, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, harvard university, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 273K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: serious, rough, captivating, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, smuggling, master criminal, rise to the top, crimes, criminal heroes, politics, blind ambition, drug cartel, drug dealer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ 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, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, gang war, tough heroes, organized crime, irish, garbage truck, corruption, crime, assassination attempt, labor union, mob boss ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1977 ...
Place: ohio, usa, cleveland ohio, ireland, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
100%
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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, rise to the top, criminal heroes, crimes, ambition, blind ambition, revenge, struggle, ambitious, pride and honor, organized crime ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, cuba, new york, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 133K
Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, gang, twins, rise and fall, violence, organized crime, brother brother relationship, mental illness, violent, crimes, anti-hero ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 1957
Place: london, england, scotland yard, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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 ⇓
34%
 5.7
 2K
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, prohibition, gangsters, crime, revenge, murder, bribe, vendetta, bodyguard, bootlegging, tough heroes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 182K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: clever, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, legal, drug abuse, police corruption, corruption, surveillance, marijuana, organized crime, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, usa, latin america, ohio, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
31%
 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 ⇓
30%
 6.9
 152K
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: stylized, epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, crime, gangsters, police corruption, organized crime, violence, brutality, fbi, murder, illness, informant, senator ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1981, year 2011, year 1975 ...
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, santa monica california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
29%
 7.4
 148K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: 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: realistic, stylized, twists and turns, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, cocaine, drug lord, violence, murder, hitman, neo noir, betrayal, organized crime, crime, cafe ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
27%
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 ⇓
27%
King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy
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: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, cocaine, gang, violence, neo noir, crime, religious statue, drug dealing, gang war, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 63K
The Iceman (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, poisoning, organized crime, crime family, arrest, stabbing, jail, restaurant, van, psychopath, bombing, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, year 1964 ...
Place: new jersey, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.8
 93K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, hippie, whistleblower, fighting the system, police corruption, police, undercover cop, corruption, social decay, partners, police investigation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Across 110th Street (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: suspense, cynical, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, crime, gangsters, partners against crime, urban ghetto, crimes, dishonesty, urban, law enforcement, society, fighting crime, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 58K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: heist, murder, police corruption, bank robbery, violence, betrayal, ghetto, russian mafia, cocaine, bag of money, assault rifle, strip club ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, tel aviv israel, boston, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 ⇓
23%
 6.5
 5K
Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, crime boss, police brutality, murder, crime, racism, investigation, dedicated lawyer, urban, tough law enforcer, against the rules ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 19K
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, captivating, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, crime, gangsters, power relations, crimes, rise and fall, politics, arson, political corruption, power, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: michigan, usa, new york, detroit, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%