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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,  racism,  betrayal,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  airport,  boat,  hotel,  restaurant,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  nurse,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  hit with a hammer,  tennis court,  undercover agent,  undercover,  fbi,  envelope full of money,  stealing money,  christmas decorations,  japanese restaurant,  lounge singer,  marriage counselor,  christmas tree,  threatened with a knife,  police bust,  reference to open sesame incantation,  reference to john d. rockefeller,  reference to chaka khan,  reference to mickey mantle,  reference to raquel welch,  williamsburg bridge,  racial violence,  italian american cop,  reflection in car mirror,  greyhound racing,  masked men,  santa claus hat,  hot wiring a car,  title appears in text,  tool shed,  marital strife,  losing weight,  gold medal,  shaving cream,  empire state building manhattan new york city,  colombian,  firing range,  cheque,  covert,  special agent,  year 1978,  criminal syndicate,  hundred dollar bill,  hit,  snitch,  car keys,  knocked out with a gun butt,  corrupt police,  video cassette,  breaking a mirror,  witness protection,  finger gun,  severed foot,  reference to john wayne,  fake moustache,  sex on stairs,  garbage can,  neglected wife,  barbershop,  mole,  video footage,  mugshot,  unsubtitled foreign language,  audio cassette,  hijacking,  porsche,  district attorney,  psychiatry,  stakeout,  brooklyn bridge,  police arrest,  weightlifting,  telephone booth,  men's bathroom,  true crime,  set up,  police raid,  playing cards,  blood on shirt,  ethnic slur,  siren,  pier,  lion,  miami florida,  convenience store,  mentor,  italian american,  pool table,  yacht,  target practice,  duct tape over mouth,  diamond,  tennis,  mobster,  shot in the stomach,  tape recorder,  loyalty,  waiter,  police brutality,  dismemberment,  typewriter,  domestic violence,  stage,  american flag,  storytelling,  beaten to death,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  drug addict,  strip club,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  fishing,  gambling,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  bra,  manhattan new york city,  stripper,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  bikini,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  police,  death,  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,  betrayal,  christmas
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  christmas tree,  threatened with a knife,  hundred dollar bill,  district attorney,  true crime,  ethnic slur,  pier,  miami florida,  italian american,  pool table,  mobster,  loyalty,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  gambling,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:airport,  boat,  beach,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:title appears in text,  colombian,  set up,  miami florida,  organized crime,  strip club,  gambling,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  manhattan new york city,  stripper,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  watching tv,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  police

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,  betrayal,  money,  christmas,  drugs
Locations:courtroom,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:cocaine,  threatened with a knife,  brooklyn bridge,  police raid,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  mobster,  police brutality,  undercover,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  drug dealer,  bra,  manhattan new york city,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  police,  death,  violence,  murder

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
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,  racism,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:airport,  boat,  restaurant,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:undercover,  fbi agent,  criminal syndicate,  snitch,  mole,  unsubtitled foreign language,  police raid,  blood on shirt,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  mentor,  pool table,  italian american,  target practice,  mobster,  domestic violence,  beaten to death,  fbi,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  bra,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  police,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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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. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997).

Themes:betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:hospital
Period:1970s
Story:threatened with a knife,  blood on shirt,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  police brutality,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:hit with a hammer,  fbi agent,  threatened with a knife,  knocked out with a gun butt,  finger gun,  pool table,  duct tape over mouth,  shot in the stomach,  american flag,  beaten to death,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  police,  violence,  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,  betrayal,  money,  christmas
Locations:courtroom,  airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  christmas tree,  reference to mickey mantle,  cheque,  unsubtitled foreign language,  police arrest,  set up,  miami florida,  italian american,  tape recorder,  waiter,  typewriter,  fbi,  bra,  manhattan new york city,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  airplane,  police officer,  swimming pool,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  police

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Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
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,  betrayal,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:finger gun,  reference to john wayne,  mugshot,  audio cassette,  brooklyn bridge,  telephone booth,  true crime,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  beaten to death,  fbi,  organized crime,  gambling,  drug dealer,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  gangster,  blood splatter,  beating,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  violence,  death,  murder,  police

The Salton Sea (2002)
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
Locations:beach,  bar,  hospital
Story:fbi agent,  district attorney,  stakeout,  shot in the stomach,  domestic violence,  american flag,  undercover,  drug addict,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  reference to jesus christ,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:threatened with a knife,  knocked out with a gun butt,  severed foot,  police raid,  blood on shirt,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  duct tape over mouth,  mobster,  police brutality,  fbi,  organized crime,  drug addict,  strip club,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  stripper,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  bikini,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  police,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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Takers (2010)
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. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal
Locations:airport,  hotel,  bar,  hospital
Story:corrupt police,  finger gun,  mugshot,  police raid,  shot in the stomach,  police brutality,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the leg,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence

The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  drugs
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:fbi agent,  undercover agent,  fbi,  threatened with a knife,  special agent,  brooklyn bridge,  yacht,  police brutality,  undercover,  organized crime,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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:betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:video cassette,  unsubtitled foreign language,  police arrest,  playing cards,  blood on shirt,  siren,  convenience store,  shot in the stomach,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  drugs
Locations:restaurant
Story:threatened with a knife,  mugshot,  set up,  ethnic slur,  police brutality,  american flag,  undercover,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  racial slur,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  gangster,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

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. This is why Snitch (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money,  drugs
Story:undercover agent,  snitch,  witness protection,  set up,  tape recorder,  undercover,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  based on true story,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  mugshot,  stakeout,  blood on shirt,  italian american,  shot in the stomach,  police brutality,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  police,  murder,  death,  blood

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

We Own The Night (2007)

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

Themes:betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:hundred dollar bill,  hit,  stakeout,  police raid,  italian american,  loyalty,  american flag,  organized crime,  strip club,  gambling,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  manhattan new york city,  cafe,  camera,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder,  police

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,  betrayal,  money,  christmas
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  singer
Story:christmas tree,  hundred dollar bill,  ethnic slur,  mobster,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  racial slur,  gambling,  stripper,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:threatened with a knife,  brooklyn bridge,  blood on shirt,  target practice,  mobster,  typewriter,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  manhattan new york city,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  racism,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:hitman
Story:ethnic slur,  duct tape over mouth,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  police,  violence,  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:mafia,  betrayal,  money
Locations:courtroom,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  ethnic slur,  pool table,  italian american,  tape recorder,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  strip club,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  stripper,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence

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
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:hit with a hammer,  witness protection,  fbi agent,  hundred dollar bill,  stakeout,  italian american,  mobster,  typewriter,  beaten to death,  fbi,  organized crime,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

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Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Story:corrupt police,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  mobster,  shot in the stomach,  police brutality,  undercover,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

Raw Deal (1986) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Raw Deal (1986)

Mark Kaminski is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Luigi Patrovita, enlists Kaminski in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovita is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminski must go undercover and join Patrovita's gang. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  drugs
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  fbi agent,  fbi,  witness protection,  mobster,  police brutality,  undercover,  organized crime,  gambling,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  pistol,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police,  murder,  blood

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money
Story:threatened with a knife,  williamsburg bridge,  empire state building manhattan new york city,  mugshot,  brooklyn bridge,  playing cards,  ethnic slur,  siren,  italian american,  diamond,  racial slur,  manhattan new york city,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder,  police

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A Man Apart (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hospital
Story:undercover agent,  hit,  shot in the stomach,  police brutality,  beaten to death,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  strip club,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  stripper,  handcuffs,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  murder,  violence

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:hit with a hammer,  drug dealer,  threatened with a knife,  breaking a mirror,  unsubtitled foreign language,  brooklyn bridge,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  mentor,  duct tape over mouth,  tape recorder,  dismemberment,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
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. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  money,  racism,  betrayal,  drugs
Locations:boat,  hotel,  restaurant,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:knocked out with a gun butt,  corrupt police,  barbershop,  ethnic slur,  miami florida,  italian american,  mobster,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  gambling,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  police,  violence

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Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who's a friend of the man Frank killed wants him too. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  money
Locations:bar
Story:undercover agent,  fbi agent,  knocked out with a gun butt,  breaking a mirror,  police raid,  italian american,  duct tape over mouth,  mobster,  american flag,  undercover,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  cocaine,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  blood,  police,  murder

Point Break (2015)
Action, Crime, Sport, Thriller

Point Break (2015)

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets. This is why Point Break (2015) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money
Locations:boat
Story:undercover agent,  fbi agent,  fbi,  yacht,  target practice,  diamond,  undercover,  held at gunpoint,  bikini,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  murder

Cop Out (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  bar
Story:snitch,  unsubtitled foreign language,  stakeout,  brooklyn bridge,  blood on shirt,  italian american,  duct tape over mouth,  police brutality,  undercover,  racial slur,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police

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Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

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

Themes:money,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:hit,  corrupt police,  brooklyn bridge,  mentor,  mobster,  shot in the stomach,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  manhattan new york city,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence

Banlieue 13 (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Banlieue 13 (2004)

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leito is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leito is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:hospital
Story:undercover agent,  threatened with a knife,  hundred dollar bill,  corrupt police,  finger gun,  hijacking,  weightlifting,  set up,  convenience store,  police brutality,  undercover,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  gambling,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  money,  drugs
Locations:courtroom,  airport,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:stakeout,  siren,  pool table,  waiter,  storytelling,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  racial slur,  bra,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  airplane,  gangster,  police officer,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  death,  blood,  police,  violence,  murder

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Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... This is why Hung Fan Kui (1995) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Locations:airport,  boat,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:threatened with a knife,  criminal syndicate,  brooklyn bridge,  blood on shirt,  pool table,  undercover,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  manhattan new york city,  stripper,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence,  police,  death

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  drugs
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:cocaine,  envelope full of money,  threatened with a knife,  reflection in car mirror,  mugshot,  district attorney,  police raid,  convenience store,  police brutality,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  gambling,  drug dealer,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  corpse,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:undercover agent,  covert,  mole,  men's bathroom,  target practice,  manhattan new york city,  reference to jesus christ,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  based on book,  pistol,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:threatened with a knife,  witness protection,  men's bathroom,  police brutality,  american flag,  shot in the leg,  manhattan new york city,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death,  police

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:money,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  boat,  restaurant,  bar
Story:tennis court,  fbi agent,  japanese restaurant,  hundred dollar bill,  hit,  mugshot,  brooklyn bridge,  weightlifting,  men's bathroom,  miami florida,  mentor,  yacht,  tennis,  domestic violence,  american flag,  fbi,  drug addict,  strip club,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  manhattan new york city,  stripper,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  bikini,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  police officer,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. This is why Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:threatened with a knife,  hit,  severed foot,  brooklyn bridge,  convenience store,  italian american,  pool table,  target practice,  mobster,  american flag,  beaten to death,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  shot in the leg,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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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,  betrayal,  drugs
Locations:airport,  boat,  restaurant,  beach,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  threatened with a knife,  special agent,  ethnic slur,  convenience store,  storytelling,  undercover,  fbi,  racial slur,  cocaine,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance,  mafia,  betrayal
Locations:boat,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:mentor,  yacht,  mobster,  shot in the stomach,  beaten to death,  organized crime,  gambling,  bra,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:restaurant,  beach,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Period:1970s
Story:fake moustache,  pool table,  yacht,  tape recorder,  police brutality,  typewriter,  undercover,  organized crime,  racial slur,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  police officer,  swimming pool,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  police,  violence

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:money,  marriage
Locations:airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:singer
Period:1970s
Story:miami florida,  tape recorder,  domestic violence,  cocaine,  reference to jesus christ,  cafe,  bikini,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  police officer,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  police,  blood,  violence,  death

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. This is why Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance,  betrayal
Locations:airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Story:undercover agent,  threatened with a knife,  unsubtitled foreign language,  pier,  diamond,  undercover,  shot in the leg,  gambling,  handcuffs,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

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,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel
Characters:hitman
Story:mobster,  undercover agent,  threatened with a knife,  cheque,  police arrest,  playing cards,  undercover,  organized crime,  gambling,  handcuffs,  cafe,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  police,  death

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The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:money,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:undercover agent,  christmas tree,  hit,  true crime,  pool table,  mobster,  shot in the stomach,  dismemberment,  stabbed in the back,  organized crime,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  reference to jesus christ,  handcuffs,  cafe,  watching tv,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  police,  violence,  death,  murder

American Hustle (2013) is one of the best movies like Donnie Brasco (1997)
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,  surveillance,  betrayal,  money
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Period:1970s
Story:fbi agent,  fbi,  undercover agent,  year 1978,  italian american,  mobster,  undercover,  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,  shot to death,  neo noir,  beating,  based on true story,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder

Old Boy (2013)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Old Boy (2013)

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

Themes:surveillance
Locations:bar
Characters:nurse
Story:hit with a hammer,  hundred dollar bill,  breaking a mirror,  audio cassette,  italian american,  diamond,  beaten to death,  stabbed in the back,  racial slur,  held at gunpoint,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  neo noir,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  new york city,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood

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