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This is a long film and one that requires some patience but it pays off in the end. Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods, Jennifer Connolly, and Joe Pesci, this Ennio Morricone scored criminal epic is well worth watching.
A definitive gangster movie, Mean Streets is the story of petty criminal life on the fringes of Mafioso culture. Once more a movie starring Robert De Niro, Mean Streets also boasts an acting credit for a young Harvey Keitel.
It’s an early outing for Scorsese and De Niro but it’s a great example of what the two could accomplish when working on the same story. For fans of a romantic snapshot of criminal life you can’t go wrong with Mean Streets.
There are plenty of familiar faces in Ferrara’s King of New York including Christopher Walken, Laurance Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, and Steve Buscemi. It’s a great film that’s clearly helmed by its casting choices.
The story involves a criminal in New York City who attempts to control the illegal drug market and give the proceeds back to the poor. It is a reworking of the folk tale of Robin Hood and it relocates its narrative to the modern era and the American continent.
New York was once a city full of notable criminals and both King of New York and American Gangster set their stories in a past replete with action, violence, and the lucrative proceeds of crime.
Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta, Killing Them Softly is a more methodical take on the modern crime saga. It’s a film about incompetence, violence, and a hit man (Pitt) brought in to clear everything (and everyone) up.
The films listed above are all great examples of the American crime narrative. In effect the characters hark back to an earlier more rudimentary time in the country’s past – the gunslingers of the Wild West.
But there are plenty of crime films that hail from countries other than the States. Here are some other movies like American Gangster that tell similar stories but are set far from the American homeland.
A truly epic film, this French crime drama follows the story of Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) who is a young Muslim man attempting to survive in a violent prison. He starts working for a Corsican crime boss and slowly his life slides ever further into the world of organised crime.
The first in a trilogy of films, Infernal Affairs is a twisty tale of espionage and counter espionage set in the world of Triad’s and the police fighting them. It also served as the basis for Scorcese’s The Departed.
Australian cinema can often be dark and gritty and Animal Kingdom is no exception. It tells the tale of a particular family and their descent into the murky world of crime, drugs, and violence.
Set in a world that seems so alien, Animal Kingdom is a powerful film that showcases the potential of contemporary Australian cinema.
American cinema has a colourful past full of crime driven epics. But those stories can be found in the cinematic output of other cultures too. Personally I would recommend watching any of the above if you’re looking for a film similar to American Gangster. Be sure to give some foreign films a chance too.
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