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

Miller's Crossing (1990)

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

Themes:mafia, blackmail, incest, funeral, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:cemetery, forest
Characters:mayor, jew, homosexual
Period:1920s
Story:begging for mercy, prohibition, incest subtext, gay gangster, broken mirror, street shootout, reference to song of solomon, faked execution, blurred boundaries, cheating on one's boyfriend, begging for life, fixed fight, slavic, overweight child, father hits son, irish mob, private club, crime epic, male tears, rug

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:mafia, blackmail, fear, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Period:1920s
Story:prohibition, crime epic, gang warfare, mob violence, fedora, mob hit, police chief, political corruption, extortion, police corruption, italian american, organized crime, face slap, gangster, mirror, fire, brother sister relationship, cult film, based on novel, police

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? (Read More)

Themes:mafia, betrayal
Story:gangster, crime epic, mob violence, toupee, mob hit, irish american, ethnic slur, extortion, police corruption, italian american, organized crime, double cross, vomiting, face slap, neo noir, corpse, beating, cult film, title spoken by character, father son relationship

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:mafia, funeral, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:street shootout, irish mob, crime epic, mob violence, mob hit, unsubtitled foreign language, irish american, police raid, ethnic slur, police corruption, italian american, power, prologue, organized crime, double cross, lie, gangster, car accident, machine gun, fistfight

Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:cemetery
Story:mob hit, irish american, political corruption, loss of brother, police corruption, organized crime, double cross, car accident, black comedy, neo noir, shootout, cult film, family relationships, murder, death, dog, police, violence

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:mafia, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Story:honor, falling down stairs, prologue, organized crime, double cross, gangster, mirror, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, shootout, fire, brother sister relationship, death, violence, murder, dog

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:mafia, blackmail, funeral, fear, betrayal
Characters:mayor
Story:organized crime, street shootout, crime epic, police raid, police corruption, presumed dead, honor, falling down stairs, trust, character's point of view camera shot, bartender, double cross, subjective camera, urban setting, love triangle, face slap, gangster, car accident, machine gun, fistfight

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

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

Themes:mafia, funeral, fear, jealousy
Locations:cemetery
Characters:homosexual
Story:incest subtext, gay gangster, police raid, extortion, italian american, loyalty, trust, prologue, subjective camera, lie, face slap, gangster, mirror, fistfight, beating, shootout, brother sister relationship, singing, violence, police

Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
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, funeral, fear, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:irish mob, mob hit, irish american, ethnic slur, extortion, italian american, loyalty, power, organized crime, double cross, urban setting, gangster, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, father son relationship, death, violence

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Themes:mafia, blackmail, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Period:1920s
Story:begging for life, crime epic, rug, mob violence, mob hit, political corruption, ethnic slur, extortion, italian american, honor, power, organized crime, gangster, shootout, brother sister relationship, family relationships, based on novel, murder, violence, death

The Untouchables (1987)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Untouchables (1987)

1920's prohibition Chicago is corrupt from the judges downward. So in going up against Al Capone, Treasury agent Eliot Ness picks just two cops to help him and his accountant colleague. One is a sharp-shooting rookie, the other a seen-it-all beat man. The four of them are ready to battle Capone and his empire, but it could just be that guns are not the best way to get him. This is why The Untouchables (1987) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Story:prohibition, crime epic, mob violence, irish american, police raid, ethnic slur, police corruption, italian american, whiskey, organized crime, gangster, fistfight, shootout, based on novel, police, death, violence, murder

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

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

Themes:funeral, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:gang warfare, irish american, political corruption, ethnic slur, prologue, organized crime, place name in title, face slap, gangster, mirror, fistfight, corpse, fire, father son relationship, violence, dog, death, murder

Scarface (1983) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Story:power, broken mirror, begging for life, crime epic, mob violence, mob hit, political corruption, character's point of view camera shot, organized crime, subjective camera, bed, face slap, gangster, machine gun, shootout, brother sister relationship, cult film, title spoken by character, based on novel, violence

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:fear, betrayal
Locations:forest, cemetery
Characters:mayor
Story:hat, trust, wig, prologue, double cross, animal, bed, love triangle, mirror, black comedy, corpse, fire, cult film, title spoken by character, death, violence, dog, murder

The Godfather (1972)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather (1972)

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, funeral, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:gang warfare, mob violence, mob hit, ethnic slur, police corruption, italian american, honor, falling down stairs, power, organized crime, gangster, machine gun, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, title spoken by character, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, violence

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, jealousy
Characters:mayor
Story:boxing gym, lifting person in air, ethnic slur, italian american, bartender, bed, black comedy, fistfight, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, father son relationship, death, violence

Road To Perdition (2002) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Road To Perdition (2002)

1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly Chicago-based Irish-American mobster John Rooney, Connor's father. In many respects, John treats Mike more as his son, who he raised as his own after Mike was orphaned, than the volatile Connor, who nonetheless sees himself as the heir apparent to the family business. One evening, Mike's eldest son, twelve year old Michael Sullivan Jr., who has no idea what his father does for a living, witnesses Connor and his father gun down an associate and his men, the situation gone wrong initiated from an action by Connor. Caught witnessing the incident, Michael is sworn to secrecy about what he saw. Regardless, Connor, not wanting any loose ends, makes an attempt to kill Mike, his wife and their two sons. Mike and the surviving members of his family know that they need to go on the run as Connor, who has gone into hiding, will be protected through mob loyalty, especially by John, who cannot turn on his own flesh and blood. Still, Mike has to figure out a way for retribution for what Connor did, while still protecting him and his family, not only from Connor, but from John and his fellow associates. Through it all, Mike wants those in his family that had no say in what he chose as a living, to have some redemption for their eternal souls. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, funeral, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:irish mob, mob violence, mob hit, prohibition, irish american, loyalty, organized crime, double cross, gangster, machine gun, neo noir, shootout, father son relationship, based on novel, violence, murder, dog

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:homosexual
Story:rug, pastiche, gambling debt, ethnic slur, extortion, honor, character's point of view camera shot, double cross, subjective camera, car accident, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, dream, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, title spoken by character, police, death

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:fear, betrayal
Locations:cemetery, forest
Story:power, character's point of view camera shot, prologue, double cross, subjective camera, face slap, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, violence, murder, police, death, dog

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, betrayal
Story:unsubtitled foreign language, police raid, ethnic slur, italian american, loyalty, organized crime, face slap, gangster, neo noir, corpse, beating, singing, father son relationship, murder, police, death, violence

Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
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 Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Story:unsubtitled foreign language, presumed dead, wig, bartender, double cross, subjective camera, vomiting, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, corpse, beating, shootout, title spoken by character, violence, murder, death

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:mafia, betrayal
Story:crime epic, mob violence, mob hit, gambling debt, political corruption, italian american, trust, organized crime, gangster, black comedy, neo noir, corpse, beating, cult film, title spoken by character, based on novel, violence, murder, police, death

Public Enemies (2009)
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:blackmail, fear, betrayal
Story:street shootout, crime epic, prohibition, italian american, hat, falling down stairs, organized crime, face slap, gangster, car accident, machine gun, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, singing, police, violence, murder, death

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

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

Themes:fear
Locations:forest
Story:crime epic, gang warfare, mob violence, mercy, police raid, police corruption, power, organized crime, urban setting, face slap, gangster, car accident, black comedy, neo noir, shootout, cult film, title spoken by character, violence, father son relationship, family relationships

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:incest, fear
Locations:forest
Story:character's point of view camera shot, prologue, double cross, subjective camera, vomiting, face slap, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, brother sister relationship, cult film, singing, father son relationship, police

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, fear, jealousy
Characters:homosexual
Story:cheating on one's boyfriend, ethnic slur, bartender, double cross, bed, mirror, car accident, black comedy, neo noir, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, cult film, based on novel, dog, police, death, violence

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

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

Themes:blackmail, fear, betrayal
Story:street shootout, ethnic slur, character's point of view camera shot, organized crime, subjective camera, urban setting, gangster, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, neo noir, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, singing, title spoken by character, murder, violence

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Story:mob hit, police raid, police corruption, prologue, organized crime, double cross, place name in title, face slap, mirror, neo noir, corpse, shootout, police, violence, murder, based on novel, death

Carlito's Way (1993) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
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
Story:mob violence, mob hit, ethnic slur, extortion, falling down stairs, character's point of view camera shot, organized crime, subjective camera, gangster, neo noir, beating, shootout, based on novel, death, murder, police, violence

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:fear, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:forest
Characters:jew
Story:prologue, lie, face slap, gangster, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, corpse, beating, shootout, fire, cult film, title spoken by character, father son relationship, violence, death, murder, police

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:mafia, betrayal
Characters:homosexual
Story:irish american, ethnic slur, italian american, prologue, organized crime, bartender, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, dream, shootout, fire, cult film, death, violence, police, murder

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Story:irish american, extortion, police corruption, character's point of view camera shot, organized crime, subjective camera, face slap, gangster, machine gun, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, death, murder, violence

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
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
Story:street shootout, police chief, police raid, police corruption, falling down stairs, organized crime, love triangle, gangster, machine gun, fistfight, neo noir, beating, shootout, fire, title spoken by character, violence, murder, police, dog, death

The Negotiator (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, betrayal
Story:police corruption, presumed dead, trust, double cross, urban setting, face slap, machine gun, black comedy, neo noir, shootout, title spoken by character, murder, violence, police, dog, death

Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, blackmail, fear, betrayal
Characters:homosexual
Story:gangster, cheating on one's boyfriend, police raid, extortion, whiskey, trust, organized crime, double cross, subjective camera, lie, mirror, black comedy, neo noir, corpse, beating, title spoken by character, based on novel, murder, police, violence

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. This is why Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, jealousy, betrayal
Story:mercy, loyalty, trust, prologue, place name in title, gangster, machine gun, black comedy, corpse, dream, fire, brother sister relationship, cult film, singing, title spoken by character, father son relationship, family relationships, police, dog, murder

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, betrayal
Locations:cemetery, forest
Story:lifting person in air, ethnic slur, power, character's point of view camera shot, double cross, subjective camera, mirror, car accident, machine gun, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, fire, title spoken by character, father son relationship, violence, murder, police, dog

On The Waterfront (1954)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

On The Waterfront (1954)

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, fear
Story:fixed fight, irish american, loss of brother, loyalty, organized crime, urban setting, face slap, gangster, fistfight, corpse, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, title spoken by character, murder, death, family relationships

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

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Themes:fear, betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:street shootout, ethnic slur, falling down stairs, prologue, bartender, double cross, urban setting, car accident, machine gun, black comedy, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, title spoken by character, death, murder

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:funeral, fear, jealousy, betrayal
Locations:forest
Story:falling down stairs, power, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, black comedy, fistfight, corpse, beating, fire, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, father son relationship, death, murder, dog, violence

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... This is why 16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Story:police raid, extortion, police corruption, loyalty, prologue, double cross, lie, car accident, corpse, shootout, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, violence, murder, police, death

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:funeral, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Characters:mayor
Story:street shootout, police raid, presumed dead, loyalty, character's point of view camera shot, double cross, subjective camera, urban setting, car accident, machine gun, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, beating, shootout, fire, cult film, murder, police, death

A History Of Violence (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History Of Violence (2005)

This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result. (Read More)

Themes:mafia, fear
Story:gay gangster, blurred boundaries, father hits son, irish mob, pastiche, irish american, organized crime, lie, face slap, gangster, black comedy, neo noir, beating, brother sister relationship, violence, father son relationship, family relationships, murder, police, death

Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fargo (1996)

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. (Read More)

Story:duality, pastiche, police chief, police corruption, falling down stairs, bartender, double cross, lie, mirror, car accident, black comedy, neo noir, corpse, beating, cult film, singing, title spoken by character, father son relationship, police, violence

The Godfather: Part III (1990) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

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

Themes:mafia, incest, betrayal
Story:mob violence, mob hit, italian american, organized crime, gangster, shootout, brother sister relationship, cult film, father son relationship, family relationships, murder, death, violence

Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough Boston neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve their case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that could tear them apart. This is why Gone Baby Gone (2007) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail, betrayal
Locations:cemetery
Story:police chief, irish american, police raid, police corruption, character's point of view camera shot, bartender, urban setting, lie, vomiting, neo noir, corpse, shootout, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, police, family relationships, based on novel, murder, violence, death

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

American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Story:crime epic, mob hit, extortion, police corruption, italian american, organized crime, urban setting, gangster, corpse, shootout, death, murder, police, violence

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Locations:cemetery
Story:irish american, whiskey, vomiting, gangster, mirror, black comedy, fistfight, corpse, shootout, title spoken by character, murder, dog, death, violence

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Miller's Crossing (1990)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:fear, betrayal
Story:whiskey, character's point of view camera shot, subjective camera, car accident, fistfight, neo noir, corpse, dream, beating, shootout, fire, death, police, violence, murder, dog

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Story:street shootout, ethnic slur, vomiting, face slap, machine gun, fistfight, corpse, beating, shootout, fire, singing, title spoken by character, murder, violence, death

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