Prohibition movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prohibition movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, stylized, rough, talky and clever films and TV shows about / with prohibition, gangsters, gangster, crime, crimes, mafia, organized crime, criminal heroes, brutality and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, Italy, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prohibition: Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Lawless (2012), Live by Night (2016), Boardwalk Empire (2010), Capone (1975), The Untouchables (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Last Man Standing (1996), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971).

List of prohibition movies

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: rough, atmospheric, captivating, sadistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, corruption, murder, torture, childhood friends, criminal heroes, regret, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1960s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 212K
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: stylized, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gangsters, prohibition, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, rebellion, sheriff, crime, gang, siblings relations, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
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 6.4
 46K
Live by Night (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Style: surprise ending, tragic ending, emotional, melancholic, bloody ...
Plot: prohibition, betrayal, organized crime, revenge, love, mafia, gangster, chase, death, vengeance, violence, car chase ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: florida, cuba, boston
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Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, smuggling, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, businessman, politician, corruption, ambitious, prohibition, politics ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, new jersey, chicago illinois, atlantic city new jersey
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 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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, prohibition, crimes, tough heroes, police investigation, revenge, gang, criminal heroes, rivalry, gangsters, murder, street shootout ...
Time: 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
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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, serious, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, organized crime, mafia, bribery, trial, crime, tough cop, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, partners against crime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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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: stylized, clever, witty, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, prohibition, violence, loyalty, jealousy, neo noir, love triangle, corpse ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa
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Last Man Standing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two Prohibition-era gangs. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances from one to another, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, Smith ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, small town, mafia, prohibition, rivalry, duel, gang war, whiskey, tommy gun, gang, deadly, gangsters ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, clever, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, prohibition, alcohol, addiction, friendship, hotel, infidelity, drug abuse, love and romance, artists and showbiz, verbal byplay, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 20s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Damon Runyon's fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for ...
Style: witty, sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prohibition, deception, luck, high society, apple, gangsters, godparent, dishonesty, couples, disorder, fall in love, aging ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: spain, europe, new york
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The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Chicago Teddy Bears is an American sitcom that aired on CBS. The series was part of the network's 1971 fall lineup, premiering on September 17, 1971.
Plot: sitcom, prohibition, organized crime, mafia, speakeasy
Time: 1920s
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Second Time Lucky (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the beginning the Devil made a bet with God. The Devil backed Eve, God backed Adam. What would have happened to love and sex if Adam hadn't taken the bite?
Plot: gambling, parody, prohibition, depiction of god, devil, temptation, voyeur, panties, voyeurism, bare breasts, female removes her clothes, scantily clad female ...
Place: chicago illinois
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 5.2
 989
Lucky Lady (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Lucky Lady is a 1975 American film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds, with Robby Benson. Its story takes place during Prohibition in the United States in the ...
Style: realistic, humorous, stylized, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: date night
Plot: nightclub, love triangle, prohibition, contests and competitions, rivalry, hitman, workplace, gangsters, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, fall in love, gang ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 6.4
 163
Izzy & Moe (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The adventures of two retired vaudeville performers who become two of the best prohibition agents in the 1920's.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: undercover, prohibition, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, friends, actor's life, unemployment, espionage, gangsters, partners, buddies ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
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 5.8
 2K
Big Bad Mama (1974)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.
Style: sexy, semi serious, witty, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: social satire, prohibition, gangsters, crime, on the run, crimes, cons and scams, criminal heroes, chases and races, on the road, dishonesty, heist ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, california
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 6.9
 14K
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy ...
Style: humorous, realistic, exciting, not serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gangsters, prohibition, goofy hero, friends, crime, artists and showbiz, ambition, parody, disorder, partners, gang, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.7
 1K
91 Days (2016)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. Avilio returns to Lawless after some time away, following the murder of his ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sentimental, rough, thought provoking
Plot: mafia, betrayal, revenge, family, unlikely friendships, life & death, greed, brutality, prohibition
Time: 19th century
Place: usa
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 5.1
 508
Disappearances (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Quebec Bill Bohomme is a hardy schemer and dreamer, who, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered herd through the rapidly approaching winter, resorts to whiskey-smuggling, a traditional family occupation. Quebec Bill takes his son, Wild ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: whiskey, father son relationship, great depression, smuggling, parents and children, money raising, family relations, unlikely criminals, adventure, escapades, friends, cons and scams ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: vermont, canada, usa
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Black Cat Whiskey (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a small rural town hit hard by the Depression, Katie Connors resides in a middle-class home with her bootlegging husband Melvin. When the opportunity arises to bump him off without getting her hands dirty, she takes a chance she may never get ...
Plot: whiskey, organized crime, prohibition, bootlegging, interracial romance, racism, revenge, lynching, gangster
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 7.1
 89
Redland (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As a family struggles to survive in rural isolation during the Great Depression, their daughter's secret affair begins a journey into the unknown.
Style: atmospheric, serious, bleak, realistic, tense ...
Plot: survival, love and romance, family relations, life is a bitch, family in crisis, parents and children, young lovers, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family life, love affair, isolation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa
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 6.5
 1K
Mudhoney (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In this Depression-era tale, Calef is traveling from Michigan to California and stops in Spooner, Missouri, where Lute hires him for odd jobs. Calef gets involved with Lute's niece, Hannah. But she is married to Sidney, a wife-beating drunk who ...
Plot: sex, murder, prohibition, great depression, poverty, breasts, good versus evil, drowning, lynch mob, skinny dipping, hanging, bathtub ...
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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as ...
Style: suspenseful, witty, exciting, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: gang, lovers on the run, on the road, bank robbery, criminal heroes, chase, bank robber, sheriff, waitress, impotence, ambush, texas ranger ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: texas, missouri, oklahoma, usa, wisconsin ...
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gun violence, gunfight, true crime, death, valentine's day, crime boss, tough law enforcer, unfulfillment, crime, deadly, gangsters ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.3
 654K
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, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gunfight, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, organized crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, rise and fall, mafia, mob boss, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
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The Valachi Papers (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, hitman, murder, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, prison life, gangsters, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, master criminal, fighting the system ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: europe, italy
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A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, americana, self discovery, generation gap, boat, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa, montana
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Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north side. Although he's out-gunned, Robbo wants to keep his ...
Style: not serious, offbeat, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: gambling, charity, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, heist, forgery, orphan, gang, buddies, folk hero, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 20s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: stylized, realistic, sentimental, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, lifestyle, society, interracial relations, crimes, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 5.9
 8K
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, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, betrayal, murder, gangsters, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, dishonesty, tough heroes, blind ambition, organized crime, attempted murder ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, las vegas, ireland
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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set in 1920's New York City, this movie tells the story of idealistic young playwright David Shayne. Producer Julian Marx finally finds funding for the project from gangster Nick Valenti. The catch is that Nick's girl friend Olive Neal ...
Style: witty, clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: mafia, murder, infidelity, actress, rehearsal, chorus girl, playwright, gangsters, crime, hitman, broadway, backstage ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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