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American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  panic,  surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  divorce,  anger,  seduction,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:museum,  apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  secretary,  lawyer,  actor
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  fbi investigation,  briefcase of money,  balding man,  art forger,  u.s. congressman,  vinyl record,  microwave oven,  u.s. senator,  con artist,  city mayor,  fbi chief,  undercover agent,  surveillance footage,  women's toilet,  toilet stall,  public toilet,  female sitting on a toilet,  video surveillance,  sitting on a toilet,  italian mafia,  corrupt politician,  hit with a telephone,  mafia boss,  career criminal,  telephone conversation,  female criminal,  cigar smoking,  political corruption,  woman in a bikini,  british actor playing american character,  hotel suite,  police investigation,  luxury hotel,  betrayal of husband,  money transfer,  suitcase of money,  stolen money,  purple panties,  singing along to music,  pool party,  reference to cosmopolitan magazine,  camera shot from inside car trunk,  women wearing a one piece swimsuit,  reference to meyer lansky,  wife meets mistress,  reference to duke ellington,  fake british accent,  camden new jersey,  hair in curlers,  fake english accent,  wire transfer,  open blouse,  comb over,  secret recording,  charm bracelet,  burlesque dancer,  hand on thigh,  angry woman,  combover,  wearing a wire,  hair curlers,  trying on clothes,  expensive gift,  unexpected kiss,  true identity revealed,  balding,  homemaker,  other woman,  reference to jimmy carter,  dry cleaning,  gold watch,  dry cleaners,  double identity,  curly hair,  sheikh,  wearing a sound wire,  implied cunnilingus,  atlantic city new jersey,  adulterous husband,  rainy day,  forger,  bank account,  drunk woman,  english accent,  side boob,  sting operation,  year 1978,  dual identity,  enforcer,  women kissing,  period film,  long island new york,  new identity,  entrapment,  nail polish,  hypochondriac,  female to male footsie playing,  microwave,  playing footsie,  arabic,  fight the system,  reference to richard nixon,  fake accent,  social decay,  vinyl,  congressman,  phonograph,  bilingualism,  private jet,  in medias res,  butt slap,  fundraiser,  corrupt official,  altered version of studio logo,  distrust,  two way mirror,  fur coat,  airfield,  forgery,  breaking a window,  loan shark,  kiss on the lips,  adopted son,  union,  urban decay,  bearded man,  young version of character,  redheaded woman,  teasing,  broken window,  scene before opening credits,  fake identity,  caper,  bag over head,  scheme,  narrated by character,  mexican american,  female stockinged feet,  female female kiss,  bribery,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  marital problem,  lens flare,  briefcase,  tuxedo,  black and white scene,  ghetto,  safe,  senator,  death threat,  italian american,  new jersey,  pills,  camera shot of feet,  mexican standoff,  false identity,  scam,  cheating husband,  art gallery,  press conference,  desperation,  fraud,  jail cell,  mobster,  sexual attraction,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  nipples visible through clothing,  what happened to epilogue,  female stockinged legs,  disco,  eavesdropping,  strong female character,  crime boss,  scandal,  freeze frame,  heart attack,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  braless,  casino,  character says i love you,  acting,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  wig,  employer employee relationship,  bodyguard,  long take,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  umbrella,  mini skirt,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  organized crime,  smoking,  limousine,  strip club,  femme fatale,  pantyhose,  execution,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  false accusation,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  politician,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  stripper,  criminal,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  sex standing up,  interrogation,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  painting,  brawl,  love triangle,  bikini,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  blonde,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  knife,  new york city,  party,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  flashback,  fight

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  blackmail,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:briefcase of money,  fbi agent,  telephone conversation,  wearing a sound wire,  social decay,  bribery,  moral dilemma,  con artist,  death threat,  fraud,  what happened to epilogue,  eavesdropping,  freeze frame,  casino,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  nonlinear timeline,  diner,  montage,  f word,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  black comedy,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight

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Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  infidelity
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  secretary,  lawyer,  actor
Story:corrupt politician,  wearing a sound wire,  social decay,  corrupt official,  fundraiser,  urban decay,  lens flare,  ghetto,  mexican standoff,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  eavesdropping,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  false accusation,  politician,  f word,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  fight,  flashback

Triple 9 (2016)
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:panic,  surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  british actor playing american character,  police investigation,  social decay,  distrust,  urban decay,  scene before opening credits,  bag over head,  mob boss,  lens flare,  ghetto,  safe,  death threat,  desperation,  mobster,  eavesdropping,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  organized crime,  limousine,  strip club,  femme fatale,  double cross,  montage,  f word,  stripper,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  bikini,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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:surveillance,  mafia,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:mafia boss,  police investigation,  wearing a sound wire,  enforcer,  social decay,  urban decay,  bribery,  mob boss,  ghetto,  safe,  italian american,  mobster,  crime boss,  character says i love you,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  undercover,  umbrella,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  limousine,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  fight

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  blackmail,  anger,  seduction,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  fbi agent,  cigar smoking,  narrated by character,  moral dilemma,  lens flare,  death threat,  fraud,  eavesdropping,  premarital sex,  employer employee relationship,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  umbrella,  champagne,  fbi,  femme fatale,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  black comedy,  neo noir,  rain,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  divorce,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  suitcase of money,  forger,  vinyl,  bilingualism,  forgery,  fake identity,  caper,  con artist,  italian american,  scam,  fraud,  jail cell,  what happened to epilogue,  premarital sex,  cigarette smoking,  umbrella,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  investigation,  airplane,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  party,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  mob boss,  mobster,  crime boss,  casino,  character says i love you,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  limousine,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  gambling,  diner,  f word,  stripper,  criminal,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight,  flashback,  murder

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Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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:mafia,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  senator,  fbi,  british actor playing american character,  altered version of studio logo,  urban decay,  bribery,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  italian american,  press conference,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  murder

Striptease (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  blackmail,  money,  divorce,  deception,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:congressman,  mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  wearing a sound wire,  corrupt official,  fundraiser,  mob boss,  con artist,  italian american,  press conference,  desperation,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crime boss,  heart attack,  employer employee relationship,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  organized crime,  limousine,  strip club,  politician,  disguise,  f word,  stripper,  criminal,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  dancing,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:panic,  mafia,  seduction,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  bilingualism,  mob boss,  art gallery,  mobster,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  bodyguard,  long take,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  limousine,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  montage,  shot in the back,  f word,  held at gunpoint,  painting,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  party,  murder,  fight,  flashback

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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:anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Period:1970s
Story:social decay,  urban decay,  black and white scene,  ghetto,  jail cell,  crime boss,  premarital sex,  long take,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  execution,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  fight

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  anger,  deception,  fear
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor
Story:fbi investigation,  surveillance footage,  fbi agent,  bilingualism,  two way mirror,  press conference,  desperation,  what happened to epilogue,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  long take,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  f word,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  fight

Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  blackmail,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  altered version of studio logo,  caper,  mob boss,  safe,  italian american,  crime boss,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  diner,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  airplane,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  murder

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Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:mayor
Story:cigar smoking,  social decay,  corrupt official,  urban decay,  ghetto,  mexican standoff,  jail cell,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  organized crime,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  false accusation,  diner,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  fight,  flashback

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 spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. This is why Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  mafia,  blackmail,  money,  corruption,  anger,  seduction,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  fight the system,  social decay,  corrupt official,  altered version of studio logo,  urban decay,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  italian american,  desperation,  mobster,  crime boss,  heart attack,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  casino,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  diner,  montage,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  painting,  love triangle,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder

Taking Lives (2004) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  police investigation,  wearing a sound wire,  bilingualism,  two way mirror,  scene before opening credits,  fake identity,  lens flare,  black and white scene,  false identity,  art gallery,  strong female character,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  umbrella,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  double cross,  man with glasses,  montage,  disguise,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  sex standing up,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  painting,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  singing,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback

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The Family (2013)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Family (2013)

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni ('Robert De Niro' (qv)), his wife Maggie ('Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv)) and their children Belle ('Dianna Agron' (qv)) and Warren ('John D'Leo' (qv)) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Characters:mayor
Story:fbi agent,  mafia boss,  career criminal,  hair in curlers,  young version of character,  mob boss,  lens flare,  black and white scene,  italian american,  false identity,  mobster,  strong female character,  crime boss,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  character says i love you,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  shot in the back,  f word,  sex standing up,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  murder

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  mafia,  blackmail,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:mayor,  secretary,  lawyer
Story:criminal,  mafia boss,  organized crime,  cigar smoking,  british actor playing american character,  dual identity,  fight the system,  social decay,  private jet,  fundraiser,  altered version of studio logo,  two way mirror,  urban decay,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  lens flare,  death threat,  press conference,  desperation,  jail cell,  mobster,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  false accusation,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  love triangle,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:restaurant
Story:undercover agent,  career criminal,  british actor playing american character,  bilingualism,  private jet,  two way mirror,  airfield,  moral dilemma,  death threat,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  fight,  flashback

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Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  private jet,  scene before opening credits,  fake identity,  tuxedo,  mexican standoff,  false identity,  subtitled scene,  casino,  wig,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  champagne,  double cross,  gambling,  disguise,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  flashback,  murder,  fight

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  bar
Characters:secretary,  lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:corrupt politician,  cigar smoking,  enforcer,  fight the system,  reference to richard nixon,  social decay,  corrupt official,  altered version of studio logo,  distrust,  breaking a window,  urban decay,  bribery,  moral dilemma,  strong female character,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  toilet,  diner,  f word,  stripper,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  dancing,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  fight

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:anger,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:enforcer,  butt slap,  mexican standoff,  eavesdropping,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  organized crime,  double cross,  anti hero,  toilet,  diner,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  fight

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  anger,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:telephone conversation,  moral dilemma,  death threat,  desperation,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crime boss,  manipulation,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  criminal,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight,  murder

Bandidas (2006) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  corruption,  anger,  seduction,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:bar
Story:enforcer,  fight the system,  caper,  moral dilemma,  safe,  mexican standoff,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  umbrella,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  femme fatale,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  man with glasses,  montage,  disguise,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  shot to death,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  fight,  murder

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  mafia,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  urban decay,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  desperation,  mobster,  eavesdropping,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  casino,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  screaming,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  nonlinear timeline,  gambling,  criminal,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight,  murder

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Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity
Locations:nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  video surveillance,  political corruption,  arabic,  private jet,  airfield,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  newspaper headline,  wig,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  politician,  shot in the back,  f word,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  blonde,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder

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:mafia,  surveillance,  divorce,  betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  undercover agent,  undercover,  fbi,  year 1978,  italian american,  mobster,  cigarette smoking,  organized crime,  strip club,  gambling,  stripper,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  bikini,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder

Heartbreakers (2001) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Comedy, Crime, Romance

Heartbreakers (2001)

Max and Page are a mother and daughter con team. Max seduces wealthy men into marrying her, then Page seduces them into infidelity so Max can rake them over the divorce court coals. And then it's on to the next victim.

Themes:divorce,  surveillance,  seduction,  deception,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:secretary,  lawyer
Story:female criminal,  cigar smoking,  woman in a bikini,  hotel suite,  bank account,  fake accent,  caper,  con artist,  italian american,  scam,  fraud,  heart attack,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  mini skirt,  champagne,  limousine,  femme fatale,  double cross,  disguise,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  panties,  surprise ending,  new york city,  singing,  husband wife relationship

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer
Story:telephone conversation,  airfield,  scene before opening credits,  death threat,  mexican standoff,  desperation,  jail cell,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  eavesdropping,  freeze frame,  suspicion,  undercover,  umbrella,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  toilet,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  telephone,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  fight

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  divorce,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:briefcase of money,  fbi agent,  pool party,  wearing a wire,  enforcer,  long island new york,  butt slap,  forgery,  scheme,  narrated by character,  bribery,  briefcase,  pills,  scam,  fraud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  disco,  freeze frame,  heart attack,  newspaper headline,  cigarette smoking,  champagne,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  limousine,  strip club,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  f word,  stripper,  telephone,  criminal,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  sex standing up,  interrogation,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  extramarital affair,  bikini,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  black comedy,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  panties,  leg spreading,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  mafia,  blackmail,  anger,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  fbi agent,  mafia boss,  criminal,  in medias res,  young version of character,  fake identity,  mob boss,  camera shot of feet,  press conference,  mobster,  crime boss,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  screaming,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  painting,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  fight,  murder

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Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  blackmail,  anger,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Story:vinyl record,  female criminal,  british actor playing american character,  vinyl,  young version of character,  scene before opening credits,  caper,  lens flare,  black and white scene,  death threat,  jail cell,  eavesdropping,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  long take,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  written by director,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  murder,  flashback

Middle Men (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity
Locations:nightclub
Characters:lawyer
Story:fbi agent,  woman in a bikini,  private jet,  young version of character,  bag over head,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  freeze frame,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  strip club,  man with glasses,  nonlinear timeline,  f word,  stripper,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  murder

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:corruption,  deception,  adultery,  betrayal,  infidelity
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Story:undercover agent,  fbi agent,  fight the system,  fundraiser,  moral dilemma,  eavesdropping,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  employer employee relationship,  undercover,  champagne,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  disguise,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  arrest,  written by director,  airplane,  neo noir,  pistol,  surprise ending,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

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The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  mafia,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:fbi agent,  fbi investigation,  sitting on a toilet,  italian mafia,  mafia boss,  fbi,  cigar smoking,  bilingualism,  mexican american,  italian american,  press conference,  crime boss,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  cigarette smoking,  organized crime,  strip club,  execution,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  f word,  stripper,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  murder,  flashback

The Salton Sea (2002) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:fbi investigation,  fbi agent,  sting operation,  dual identity,  black and white scene,  false identity,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  double cross,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  reference to jesus christ,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback

Hummingbird (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  drunkenness,  money
Mood:melodrama
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Story:enforcer,  young version of character,  tuxedo,  art gallery,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  anti hero,  montage,  f word,  brawl,  written by director,  punched in the face,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  murder

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:panic,  blackmail,  divorce,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:secretary,  lawyer
Story:cigar smoking,  british actor playing american character,  dry cleaning,  fur coat,  briefcase,  tuxedo,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  premarital sex,  cigarette smoking,  champagne,  screaming,  limousine,  execution,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  montage,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  interrogation,  lingerie,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  investigation,  shot in the head,  blonde,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  knife,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder

The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  seduction,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  mafia boss,  private jet,  airfield,  caper,  mob boss,  black and white scene,  safe,  mexican standoff,  mobster,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  crime boss,  suspicion,  wig,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  organized crime,  limousine,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  disguise,  shot in the back,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  dancing,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  fight

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. This is why Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  career criminal,  cigar smoking,  police investigation,  suitcase of money,  private jet,  mexican standoff,  desperation,  jail cell,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  disguise,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder

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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)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:mafia boss,  reference to richard nixon,  loan shark,  union,  mob boss,  italian american,  jail cell,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  fbi,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  gambling,  f word,  criminal,  interrogation,  arrest,  shot in the head,  gangster,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  murder

The Firm (1993)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:museum,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:secretary,  lawyer
Story:fbi,  fbi agent,  mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  secret recording,  wearing a sound wire,  private jet,  redheaded woman,  moral dilemma,  italian american,  fraud,  mobster,  character says i love you,  suspicion,  employer employee relationship,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  diner,  montage,  f word,  criminal,  interrogation,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  gangster,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  murder

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Story:fbi agent,  fight the system,  bilingualism,  private jet,  young version of character,  caper,  safe,  new jersey,  subtitled scene,  casino,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  umbrella,  champagne,  fbi,  limousine,  double cross,  no opening credits,  montage,  disguise,  telephone,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  black comedy,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  father son relationship,  flashback,  fight

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  seduction,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity
Locations:apartment,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:cigar smoking,  angry woman,  social decay,  corrupt official,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  safe,  senator,  desperation,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  nipples visible through clothing,  crime boss,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  strip club,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  nonlinear timeline,  diner,  disguise,  shot in the back,  stripper,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder,  flashback

The Departed (2006)
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? This is why The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:undercover,  fbi agent,  criminal,  two way mirror,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  italian american,  pills,  mexican standoff,  mobster,  crime boss,  heart attack,  long take,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  screaming,  organized crime,  limousine,  execution,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  cleavage,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  lingerie,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  blonde,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  knife,  singing,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  fight,  flashback

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  money
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:microwave oven,  fbi agent,  enforcer,  social decay,  lens flare,  subtitled scene,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  limousine,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  diner,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  murder,  fight

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Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  money
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer
Story:undercover agent,  sting operation,  lens flare,  ghetto,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  character says i love you,  suspicion,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  double cross,  diner,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  hotel
Story:undercover agent,  scene before opening credits,  mob boss,  lens flare,  safe,  mexican standoff,  jail cell,  crime boss,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  double cross,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  diner,  disguise,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  love triangle,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  murder

The Tourist (2010)
Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller

The Tourist (2010)

Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going to Venice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole.

Themes:surveillance,  deception,  money
Locations:hotel
Story:mobster,  undercover agent,  mafia boss,  hotel suite,  luxury hotel,  stolen money,  charm bracelet,  new identity,  fake accent,  fake identity,  mob boss,  safe,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  casino,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  double cross,  no opening credits,  gambling,  shot in the back,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  investigation,  gangster,  pistol,  knife,  party,  dancing,  two word title,  murder

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