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A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama

A Bronx Tale (1993)

Gangster Sonny is the big man in the Bronx neighborhood of an Italian small boy named Calogero. A shooting witnessed by the boy (nicknamed C) is the starting point of a lasting bond between the gangster and the boy. Father (bus driver Lorenzo), however, disapproves. C grows up under the wing of both men, torn between his own natural honesty and his fascination with Sonny. C's neighborhood cronies get involved in theft, use of guns, and racial fights. When C falls for an African American girl, things don't get any easier. C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of the many faces of love. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  funeral,  money,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:bus driver,  breaking a car windshield,  reference to rocky marciano,  reference to mickey mantle,  yankees baseball cap,  fixing a bicycle,  betting on a horse,  racial violence,  burned bodies,  blacks versus italians,  cadillac convertible,  public transit,  u turn,  racial intolerance,  mob execution,  genuflecting,  stickball,  wolf whistle,  police lineup,  produced by actor,  kissing in public,  craps,  tip,  white male black female relationship,  sicilian,  role model,  understanding,  child swearing,  murder witness,  year 1968,  biker gang,  bronx new york city,  immolation,  horse race,  motorcycle gang,  boxing match,  generation gap,  reference to the beatles,  confessional,  molotov cocktail,  narrated by character,  shot multiple times,  mob boss,  childhood memory,  burned to death,  racist,  first kiss,  work,  italian american,  nostalgia,  interracial romance,  morality,  produced by director,  first love,  loyalty,  black american,  obscene finger gesture,  directed by star,  baseball bat,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  gambling,  little boy,  interracial relationship,  prayer,  urban setting,  place name in title,  bus,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  fire,  based on play,  coming of age,  based on true story,  new york city,  african american,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

American Gangster (2007)

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. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Period:1960s
Story:blacks versus italians,  year 1968,  bronx new york city,  immolation,  boxing match,  mob boss,  italian american,  black american,  racial slur,  coffin,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  based on true story,  new york city,  african american,  violence,  murder

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:mob execution,  biker gang,  motorcycle gang,  mob boss,  italian american,  baseball bat,  gambling,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  based on true story,  new york city,  violence,  murder

Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral
Locations:bar
Story:tip,  white male black female relationship,  generation gap,  racist,  interracial romance,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  car,  african american,  father son relationship,  independent film

Malcolm X (1992) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:racial violence,  racial intolerance,  shot multiple times,  racist,  black american,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  gangster,  new york city,  african american,  violence,  murder

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:mob execution,  shot multiple times,  mob boss,  italian american,  loyalty,  racial slur,  gambling,  little boy,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  money
Locations:bar
Story:reference to mickey mantle,  racial violence,  work,  italian american,  loyalty,  racial slur,  gambling,  shot in the head,  gangster,  based on true story,  new york city,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral
Locations:bar
Story:racial intolerance,  generation gap,  confessional,  shot multiple times,  racist,  italian american,  directed by star,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  bus,  gangster,  car,  coming of age,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  funeral,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:mob execution,  murder witness,  molotov cocktail,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  italian american,  black american,  obscene finger gesture,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  fire,  african american,  murder,  violence

Fire With Fire (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fire With Fire (2012)

After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son, firefighter Jeremy Coleman barely escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against the crime lord, Hagan, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals. When his new identity becomes compromised Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get his life back and save the lives of those he loves. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:police lineup,  immolation,  shot multiple times,  burned to death,  interracial romance,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

The Hurricane (1999)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The Hurricane (1999)

This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:murder witness,  racist,  work,  loyalty,  racial slur,  urban setting,  african american,  violence,  murder

King Of New York (1990)
Crime, Thriller

King Of New York (1990)

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  money
Locations:bar
Story:bronx new york city,  mob boss,  italian american,  racial slur,  gambling,  urban setting,  place name in title,  shot in the head,  gangster,  new york city,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Shaft (2000) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Shaft (2000)

New York Police Detective John Shaft is the lead detective on a sensitive case, a young black man is severely beaten. The man's companions tell Shaft that their friend humiliated the one who was sprouting racial slurs at him. Shaft confronts him and he says he's Walter Wade Jr. , the son of a wealthy man. Shaft finds that he has the id of a woman who's a waitress at the bar where Wade and the guy who was attacked were. When Wade continues to hurl racist comments, Shaft smacks him. Shaft later learns because of his actions Wade was granted bail and fled. Two years later, Wade returns and Shaft arrests him. At his hearing when the judge grants him bail, that's when Shaft throws his badge at the judge. He then sets out to get Wade by finding the waitress. Wade in the meantime asks a drug dealer named Peoples Hernandez to find the waitress and make sure she doesn't talk. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:bar
Story:murder witness,  racist,  italian american,  black american,  obscene finger gesture,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  new york city,  african american,  violence,  murder

Romeo Must Die (2000)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Romeo Must Die (2000)

In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, kung fu action star Jet Li plays Romeo to hip-hop singer, Aaliyah Haughton's Juliet. Li is an ex-cop investigating the murder of his brother, who had ties with the Chinese mafia in America. Aaliyah plays the daughter of the American mob boss. Neither side approves of their romance, so, obviously, kung fu action ensues, with a soundtrack by Aaliyah. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:mob boss,  interracial romance,  black american,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  coffin,  interracial relationship,  gangster,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  money,  friendship
Story:child swearing,  shot multiple times,  racist,  racial slur,  little boy,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  coming of age,  african american,  father son relationship,  independent film,  violence,  murder

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  money
Story:molotov cocktail,  racist,  italian american,  loyalty,  obscene finger gesture,  coffin,  gambling,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  fire,  new york city,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

City Of God (2002) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama

City Of God (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:molotov cocktail,  obscene finger gesture,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  prayer,  urban setting,  bus,  shot in the head,  gangster,  coming of age,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder

Serpico (1973)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Serpico (1973)

Serpico is a cop in the 1960s-early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:work,  italian american,  morality,  racial slur,  urban setting,  new york city,  african american,  violence

Jackie Brown (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jackie Brown (1997)

The middle-aged stewardess Jackie Brown smuggles money from Mexico to Los Angeles for the arms dealer Ordell Robbie. When she gets caught by the agents Ray Nicolet and Mark Dargus with ten thousand dollars and cocaine in her purse, they propose a deal to her to help them to arrest Ordell in exchange of her freedom. Meanwhile Ordell asks the 56-year-old Max Cherry, who runs a bail bond business, to release Jackie Brown with the intention of eliminating her. Jackie suspects of Ordell's intention and plots a complicated confidence game with Max to steal half a million dollars from Ordell. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:bar
Story:white male black female relationship,  interracial romance,  black american,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  shot in the head,  gangster,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:mob boss,  italian american,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  new york city,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Mississippi Burning (1988) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.

Themes:racism,  funeral
Period:1960s
Story:racial violence,  molotov cocktail,  racial slur,  shot in the head,  fire,  based on true story,  african american,  independent film,  murder

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:brutality,  money,  friendship
Mood:affection
Story:child swearing,  racial slur,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  coming of age,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spe… (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  funeral,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:molotov cocktail,  mob boss,  racist,  italian american,  directed by star,  racial slur,  gambling,  interracial relationship,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Life (1999)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life (1999)

In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  money,  friendship
Mood:affection
Story:burned bodies,  racist,  work,  interracial relationship,  new york city,  african american,  violence,  murder

Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:bar
Story:bronx new york city,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  interracial relationship,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  new york city,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Pride And Glory (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Pride And Glory (2008)

A family of police officers - patriarch, two sons, and a son-in-law - deals with corruption in a precinct in Washington Heights. Four officers die in an ambush at a drug dealer's apartment. It's brother Francis's precinct, so when the investigation led by brother Ray finds hints of police corruption, there's pressure to close ranks and save Frankie's career. Dad, a police brass, promises Ray that he and Frankie can clean things up, and Ray should focus on catching the drug dealer who killed the cops. Meanwhile, brother-in-law Jimmy, a hothead and an enforcer, is visited at home by a lowlife. Is Jimmy involved in the corruption? Where can this take the family? (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:bar
Story:bronx new york city,  interracial romance,  loyalty,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  new york city,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral
Story:racial violence,  racial slur,  coffin,  prayer,  place name in title,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  new york city,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Dead Man Walking (1995)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  funeral
Story:racist,  confession,  coffin,  little boy,  prayer,  bus,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  murder

Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:mob boss,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  interracial relationship,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  fire,  african american,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Hearts In Atlantis (2001)
Drama, Mystery

Hearts In Atlantis (2001)

This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  money,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:childhood memory,  first kiss,  nostalgia,  baseball bat,  gambling,  coming of age

Mean Streets (1973)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mean Streets (1973)

The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighbourhood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city's Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all - he can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:italian american,  loyalty,  confession,  racial slur,  gangster,  new york city,  murder,  violence

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes b… (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:confessional,  italian american,  loyalty,  black american,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  bus,  gangster,  new york city,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:brutality
Story:molotov cocktail,  italian american,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  fire,  murder,  violence

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Period:1960s
Story:produced by actor,  confessional,  italian american,  produced by director,  loyalty,  black american,  directed by star,  racial slur,  bus,  shot in the head,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. (Read More)

Story:confessional,  italian american,  nostalgia,  confession,  prayer,  gangster,  new york city,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:cadillac convertible,  sicilian,  shot multiple times,  mob boss,  italian american,  obscene finger gesture,  racial slur,  shot in the head,  gangster,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Blood In, Blood Out (1993) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama

Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral,  money,  friendship
Story:u turn,  role model,  obscene finger gesture,  racial slur,  coffin,  bus,  based on true story,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Do The Right Thing (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Do The Right Thing (1989)

This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  money
Story:blacks versus italians,  italian american,  black american,  baseball bat,  racial slur,  fire,  new york city,  african american,  father son relationship,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  money
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:police lineup,  narrated by character,  italian american,  loyalty,  confession,  gambling,  shot in the head,  gangster,  car,  based on true story,  violence,  murder

Rumble In The Bronx (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rumble In The Bronx (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:biker gang,  bronx new york city,  motorcycle gang,  baseball bat,  little boy,  interracial relationship,  urban setting,  bus,  shot in the head,  gangster,  new york city,  independent film,  murder,  violence

La Haine (1995) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime, Drama

La Haine (1995)

The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban "ghetto," over a span of twenty-four hours. Vinz, a Jew, Said, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in police custody. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  friendship
Story:boxing match,  molotov cocktail,  racist,  racial slur,  urban setting,  violence

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  racism,  friendship
Story:racial violence,  racial intolerance,  racist,  morality,  obscene finger gesture,  racial slur,  car,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Miller's Crossing (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Miller's Crossing (1990)

Tom Reagan (played by Gabriel Byrne) is the right-hand man, and chief adviser, to a mob boss, Leo (Albert Finney). Trouble is brewing between Leo and another mob boss, Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito), over the activities of a bookie, Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) and Leo and Tom are at odds on how to deal with it. Meanwhile, Tom is in a secret relationship with Leo's girlfriend, Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), who happens to be the sister of Bernie. In trying to resolve the issue, Tom is cast out from Leo's camp and ultimately finds himself stuck in the middle between several deadly, unforgiving parties. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:mob boss,  italian american,  loyalty,  urban setting,  place name in title,  gangster,  fire,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

In Brooklyn, amid drug deals, violence, casual racism, poverty, housing projects, and corrupt cops, we follow three officers: Tango, African-American, working undercover, believing he's earned a promotion to a desk job but told he has to set up the bust of an ex-con who saved his life; Sal, who'll commit murder to get cash; and, Eddie, the precinct's oldest beat cop, a week to go before retirement, assigned to mentor an earnest rookie. Can this end well for any of the three? (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:confessional,  racial slur,  gambling,  place name in title,  shot in the head,  new york city,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:italian american,  loyalty,  black american,  racial slur,  urban setting,  gangster,  car,  african american,  independent film,  murder,  violence

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:white male black female relationship,  narrated by character,  interracial romance,  obscene finger gesture,  coffin,  interracial relationship,  fire,  based on play,  new york city,  african american

Money Train (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Train (1995)

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:bar
Story:work,  racial slur,  gambling,  interracial relationship,  gangster,  new york city,  murder,  violence

Frequency (2000)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Frequency (2000)

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via HAM radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history--again. (Read More)

Mood:affection
Locations:bar
Period:1960s
Story:work,  italian american,  baseball bat,  fire,  new york city,  father son relationship,  murder

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like A Bronx Tale (1993)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  money,  friendship
Story:confessional,  black american,  confession,  racial slur,  coffin,  prayer,  urban setting,  bus,  coming of age,  based on true story,  new york city,  african american,  independent film,  murder

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:friendship
Story:reference to mickey mantle,  bronx new york city,  italian american,  racial slur,  urban setting,  based on true story,  new york city,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

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