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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:panic,  surveillance,  mafia,  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 investigation,  briefcase of money,  balding man,  art forger,  u.s. congressman,  vinyl record,  microwave oven,  u.s. senator,  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,  fbi agent,  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,  camden new jersey,  fake british accent,  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,  balding,  true identity revealed,  homemaker,  other woman,  reference to jimmy carter,  dry cleaning,  gold watch,  dry cleaners,  double identity,  curly hair,  sheikh,  wearing a sound wire,  atlantic city new jersey,  implied cunnilingus,  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,  microwave,  female to male footsie playing,  playing footsie,  arabic,  fight the system,  reference to richard nixon,  social decay,  fake accent,  vinyl,  congressman,  phonograph,  bilingualism,  private jet,  in medias res,  fundraiser,  butt slap,  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,  bag over head,  caper,  scheme,  narrated by character,  mexican american,  female female kiss,  female stockinged feet,  bribery,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  marital problem,  lens flare,  briefcase,  tuxedo,  black and white scene,  ghetto,  con artist,  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,  fbi,  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,  nonlinear timeline,  gambling,  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,  flashback,  fight,  murder

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,  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)
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,  fight,  flashback,  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:mafia,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:fbi agent,  british actor playing american character,  altered version of studio logo,  urban decay,  bribery,  mob boss,  moral dilemma,  senator,  italian american,  press conference,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  gambling,  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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  murder,  flashback

Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (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,  fundraiser,  corrupt official,  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,  fight,  murder,  flashback

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,  divorce,  deception,  drunkenness,  money
Locations:nightclub,  hotel
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  wearing a sound wire,  congressman,  fundraiser,  corrupt official,  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,  flashback,  murder

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

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,  fight,  flashback

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:mafia boss,  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,  organized crime,  limousine,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  false accusation,  montage,  disguise,  shot in the back,  criminal,  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

Sicario (2015) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:surveillance footage,  fbi agent,  british actor playing american character,  bank account,  social decay,  bilingualism,  private jet,  distrust,  airfield,  bag over head,  moral dilemma,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  shot in the back,  f word,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  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

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. (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,  murder,  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,  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,  criminal,  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,  murder,  fight

Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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,  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 spe… (Read More)

Themes:panic,  mafia,  blackmail,  corruption,  anger,  seduction,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  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,  nonlinear timeline,  gambling,  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

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

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,  telephone,  stripper,  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

Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  corruption,  seduction,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Story:video surveillance,  fbi agent,  british actor playing american character,  money transfer,  wearing a sound wire,  fight the system,  phonograph,  fake identity,  bag over head,  caper,  lens flare,  eavesdropping,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  fbi,  organized crime,  limousine,  execution,  double cross,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  montage,  disguise,  telephone,  interrogation,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  arrest,  written by director,  black comedy,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder

The Firm (1993) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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 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,  fbi,  organized crime,  diner,  montage,  f word,  interrogation,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  airplane,  gangster,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  murder

The November Man (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  anger,  deception
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  corrupt politician,  political corruption,  wearing a sound wire,  fake identity,  safe,  mexican standoff,  press conference,  subtitled scene,  premarital sex,  wig,  bodyguard,  undercover,  limousine,  strip club,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  politician,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  stripper,  sex standing up,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  fight

Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant
Characters:mayor,  secretary,  lawyer
Story:political corruption,  social decay,  altered version of studio logo,  distrust,  kiss on the lips,  scam,  eavesdropping,  scandal,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  suspicion,  employer employee relationship,  long take,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  femme fatale,  double cross,  anti hero,  false accusation,  shot in the back,  telephone,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  murder

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

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

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

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,  fight,  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:undercover agent,  mafia boss,  hotel suite,  luxury hotel,  stolen money,  charm bracelet,  new identity,  fake accent,  fake identity,  mob boss,  safe,  mobster,  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

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,  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,  fbi,  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

Carlito's Way (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  blackmail,  betrayal,  money
Locations:nightclub
Characters:lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:pool party,  wearing a sound wire,  black and white scene,  safe,  mobster,  nipples visible through clothing,  disco,  crime boss,  premarital sex,  long take,  champagne,  organized crime,  strip club,  scantily clad female,  anti hero,  man with glasses,  cleavage,  stripper,  taxi,  bikini,  shot in the head,  blonde,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  panties,  surprise ending,  leg spreading,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  flashback,  murder

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. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  mafia,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:fbi investigation,  sitting on a toilet,  fbi agent,  italian mafia,  mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  bilingualism,  mexican american,  italian american,  press conference,  crime boss,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  cigarette smoking,  fbi,  organized crime,  strip club,  execution,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  f word,  stripper,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  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,  flashback,  murder,  fight

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? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:fbi agent,  two way mirror,  narrated by character,  mob boss,  italian american,  pills,  mexican standoff,  mobster,  crime boss,  heart attack,  long take,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  fbi,  screaming,  organized crime,  limousine,  execution,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  diner,  montage,  cleavage,  criminal,  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,  flashback,  fight

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

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,  fight,  murder

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,  flashback,  murder,  fight

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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  murder,  flashback

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

The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Story:surveillance footage,  career criminal,  british actor playing american character,  money transfer,  social decay,  bilingualism,  bag over head,  con artist,  mexican standoff,  press conference,  subtitled scene,  wig,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  false accusation,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  flashback,  fight

Runaway Jury (2003) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  betrayal,  money
Locations:apartment,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:secretary,  lawyer
Story:money transfer,  suitcase of money,  wearing a sound wire,  entrapment,  fake identity,  bribery,  moral dilemma,  black and white scene,  false identity,  freeze frame,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  umbrella,  femme fatale,  double cross,  toilet,  diner,  montage,  disguise,  telephone,  taxi,  brawl,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  rain,  beating,  fire,  surprise ending,  knife,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  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.

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,  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

Casino (1995)
Crime, Drama

Casino (1995)

This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  drunkenness,  adultery,  betrayal,  money
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  italian mafia,  corrupt politician,  hit with a telephone,  political corruption,  in medias res,  safe,  italian american,  nipples visible through clothing,  heart attack,  casino,  cigarette smoking,  mini skirt,  fbi,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  scantily clad female,  gambling,  cleavage,  shot in the back,  f word,  telephone,  criminal,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  panties,  husband wife relationship,  murder

Nick Of Time (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  surveillance,  blackmail,  corruption,  deception,  fear,  betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:corrupt politician,  political corruption,  hotel suite,  social decay,  union,  moral dilemma,  senator,  mexican standoff,  press conference,  desperation,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  eavesdropping,  suspicion,  bodyguard,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  limousine,  double cross,  man with glasses,  toilet,  politician,  disguise,  shot in the back,  f word,  sunglasses,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  brawl,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder,  fight

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  deception
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:cigar smoking,  mob boss,  lens flare,  mobster,  eavesdropping,  strong female character,  crime boss,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  casino,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  femme fatale,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  shot in the back,  criminal,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  brawl,  love triangle,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Characters:mayor,  lawyer
Story:mafia boss,  cigar smoking,  fight the system,  social decay,  distrust,  mob boss,  safe,  italian american,  new jersey,  press conference,  jail cell,  crime boss,  newspaper headline,  suspicion,  manipulation,  cigarette smoking,  organized crime,  strip club,  no opening credits,  diner,  shot in the back,  f word,  stripper,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  gangster,  neo noir,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  party,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  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:surveillance,  mafia,  betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1970s
Story:undercover agent,  fbi agent,  year 1978,  italian american,  mobster,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  fbi,  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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder

The French Connection (1971)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The French Connection (1971)

William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  anger,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:actor
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  mafia boss,  career criminal,  cigar smoking,  suitcase of money,  altered version of studio logo,  mob boss,  italian american,  what happened to epilogue,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  premarital sex,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  fbi,  organized crime,  anti hero,  disguise,  shot in the back,  criminal,  handcuffs,  arrest,  punched in the face,  airplane,  gangster,  neo noir,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  murder

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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,  flashback,  fight

No Way Out (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:secretary
Story:u.s. senator,  undercover agent,  political corruption,  two way mirror,  tuxedo,  senator,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  nipples visible through clothing,  subtitled scene,  newspaper headline,  premarital sex,  cigarette smoking,  undercover,  limousine,  femme fatale,  scantily clad female,  false accusation,  nonlinear timeline,  politician,  cleavage,  lingerie,  held at gunpoint,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  neo noir,  shot to death,  rain,  pistol,  surprise ending,  bare chested male,  murder

Spy (2015)
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. (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 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,  fight,  murder

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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

Sabotage (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabotage (2014)

An elite DEA team raids the safe house of a drug cartel and hide $10 million in the plumbing. When they go back to retrieve the money it is not there. The team is under investigation for the missing $10 million. Then after a couple months the investigation is lifted. The team trains together again and then celebrates at a strip club. Then one of the team is murdered. He wakes up in his RV on railroad tracks. Then a second team member is nailed to the ceiling. The third team member is gunned down at his remote cabin. There is a female City of Atlanta investigator in charge of the murders. After investigating the cartel angle, the twisted truth comes to light. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:apartment,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  cigar smoking,  police investigation,  bag over head,  lens flare,  safe,  subtitled scene,  character says i love you,  suspicion,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  femme fatale,  double cross,  no opening credits,  anti hero,  shot in the back,  f word,  stripper,  interrogation,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  investigation,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback

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

Domino (2005)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Domino (2005)

The daughter of an actor father and a social-climber mother, Domino Harvey, bored with her life, decides to join the team of Ed Moseby and becomes a bounty hunter. But she gets in trouble when the Mafia's money is stolen from an armored truck, while Moseby and his crew are participating in a reality show produced by Mark Heiss. The situation gets out of control when the sons of a rival mobster are kidnapped while the FBI is monitoring two gangs of mobsters. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  money
Characters:actor
Story:fbi agent,  young version of character,  black and white scene,  mobster,  strong female character,  freeze frame,  subtitled scene,  casino,  character says i love you,  cigarette smoking,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  strip club,  double cross,  scantily clad female,  nonlinear timeline,  toilet,  cleavage,  handcuffs,  interrogation,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  black comedy,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  pistol,  panties,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback

Now You See Me 2 (2016) is one of the best movies like American Hustle (2013)
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

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,  gambling,  nonlinear timeline,  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,  murder,  fight

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