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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:regret,  trauma,  homelessness,  redemption,  mafia,  corruption,  fear,  money
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  ship,  courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:labor union corruption,  labor union,  catholic church,  labor movement,  labor relations,  racing pigeon,  stool pigeon,  ex boxer,  irish catholic,  forced entry,  man on the verge of tears,  killing a pet,  dockyard,  longshoreman,  former athlete,  tenacity,  dockworker,  prizefighter,  fixed fight,  whisky,  last rites,  subpoena,  deliberate cruelty,  slip the undergarment,  steamship,  social criticism,  panhandling,  waterfront,  pulitzer prize source,  shipyard,  hearing,  based on article,  oath,  glove,  solidarity,  famous line,  pet cat,  hook,  reference to marilyn monroe,  whistleblower,  labor,  famous score,  fight the system,  conscience,  union,  animal abuse,  falling into water,  jacket,  misfit,  irish american,  street gang,  dock,  alley,  harbor,  hit with a baseball bat,  social issues,  intimidation,  wedding reception,  loss of brother,  pigeon,  siren,  loss of son,  confrontation,  new jersey,  thug,  brooklyn new york city,  bride,  mob,  blockbuster,  assault,  boxer,  loyalty,  flirting,  hate,  death of brother,  witness,  tragic event,  passion,  fired from the job,  organized crime,  confession,  gambling,  revolver,  urban setting,  beer,  taxi,  watching tv,  investigation,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  three word title,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  gun,  death

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

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

Themes:mafia,  corruption
Locations:bar
Story:labor union corruption,  labor union,  longshoreman,  reference to marilyn monroe,  union,  irish american,  brooklyn new york city,  organized crime,  gambling,  revolver,  face slap,  gangster,  fistfight,  beating,  three word title,  new york city,  murder,  death

Run All Night (2015)
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:regret,  redemption
Locations:bar
Story:ex boxer,  irish american,  thug,  brooklyn new york city,  mob,  boxer,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  taxi,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  new york city,  family relationships,  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,  corruption,  fear
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic
Story:whistleblower,  irish american,  intimidation,  thug,  mob,  loyalty,  witness,  organized crime,  gambling,  revolver,  urban setting,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  murder,  death

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  irish american,  wedding reception,  loss of brother,  flirting,  death of brother,  confession,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

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

Themes:redemption,  fear
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  irish american,  street gang,  confrontation,  thug,  blockbuster,  witness,  tragic event,  confession,  revolver,  beer,  taxi,  watching tv,  gangster,  police officer,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  murder,  death

Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Themes:corruption,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:siren,  confession,  revolver,  watching tv,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  murder

Cinderella Man (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness,  money
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:labor union,  catholic church,  irish catholic,  dockworker,  prizefighter,  shipyard,  irish american,  dock,  new jersey,  boxer,  beer,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

Romeo Must Die (2000) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Romeo Must Die (2000)

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

Themes:mafia
Story:waterfront,  harbor,  siren,  mob,  death of brother,  organized crime,  taxi,  watching tv,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  death,  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,  money
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  irish american,  alley,  organized crime,  confession,  watching tv,  investigation,  fistfight,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  three word title,  dancing,  gun,  death,  murder

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

Sudden Impact (1983)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Sudden Impact (1983)

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  bar
Story:famous line,  animal abuse,  irish american,  wedding reception,  siren,  bride,  blockbuster,  organized crime,  revolver,  beer,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  murder

The Godfather (1972) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
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
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic
Story:catholic church,  famous line,  famous score,  wedding reception,  loss of son,  organized crime,  revolver,  gangster,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder

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
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Story:irish american,  wedding reception,  confrontation,  brooklyn new york city,  mob,  tragic event,  organized crime,  revolver,  face slap,  gangster,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  murder

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,  corruption,  fear
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:catholic
Story:catholic church,  steamship,  famous score,  blockbuster,  death of brother,  organized crime,  gangster,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  dancing,  family relationships,  murder,  death

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  wedding reception,  bride,  blockbuster,  loyalty,  gambling,  revolver,  beer,  taxi,  watching tv,  face slap,  beating,  cult film,  three word title,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  death,  gun,  murder

New Police Story (2004) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Police Story (2004)

Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led by the evil Joe. When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team. A young man with a troubled past pretends to be a police officer working on the case with Wing, to get him back on his feet and begin an adventure to get revenge on the evil Joe and his Gang of Five, especially when it becomes personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  money
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Story:whisky,  alley,  hit with a baseball bat,  thug,  death of brother,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  taxi,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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

Themes:money
Locations:church
Story:street gang,  loss of brother,  loss of son,  confrontation,  hate,  death of brother,  tragic event,  revolver,  urban setting,  beer,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  murder,  death

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,  corruption,  money
Locations:rooftop,  church,  bar
Story:waterfront,  irish american,  street gang,  dock,  thug,  mob,  witness,  organized crime,  confession,  revolver,  watching tv,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  death,  murder,  gun

The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

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

Themes:mafia,  corruption
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  assault,  organized crime,  confession,  gangster,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death

Spotlight (2015) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Crime, Drama, History, Biography

Spotlight (2015)

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  pulitzer prize source,  taxi,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

The Quiet Man (1952)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Quiet Man (1952)

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. (Read More)

Locations:church
Characters:priest
Story:catholic church,  ex boxer,  irish catholic,  former athlete,  irish american,  wedding reception,  boxer,  gambling,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship

The Killer (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  redemption
Mood:melodrama
Locations:rooftop,  church
Characters:priest
Story:catholic church,  confrontation,  mob,  loyalty,  tragic event,  organized crime,  gangster,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  murder,  death,  gun

Lionheart (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness,  redemption,  money
Mood:melodrama
Locations:ship
Story:street gang,  loss of brother,  thug,  boxer,  death of brother,  taxi,  watching tv,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  murder,  death

American Gangster (2007) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
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,  corruption
Locations:courtroom,  church
Story:subpoena,  based on article,  new jersey,  brooklyn new york city,  assault,  organized crime,  urban setting,  taxi,  gangster,  corpse,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  death,  murder

The Rainmaker (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Story:oath,  fight the system,  hit with a baseball bat,  hate,  revolver,  investigation,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  murder

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:regret,  homelessness,  redemption,  fear
Locations:bar
Story:thug,  assault,  revolver,  beer,  watching tv,  investigation,  face slap,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  murder

Daredevil (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  fear
Locations:rooftop,  courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest
Story:catholic church,  fixed fight,  irish american,  boxer,  organized crime,  revolver,  gangster,  fistfight,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder

King Of New York (1990) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Crime, Thriller

King Of New York (1990)

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

Themes:redemption,  mafia,  money
Locations:bar
Story:glove,  irish american,  wedding reception,  organized crime,  gambling,  revolver,  urban setting,  taxi,  watching tv,  gangster,  beating,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  death

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:mafia,  corruption,  fear,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:priest
Story:thug,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  death,  murder,  gun

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:homelessness,  redemption,  money
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Story:hit with a baseball bat,  thug,  brooklyn new york city,  death of brother,  revolver,  urban setting,  taxi,  investigation,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

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

Themes:fear,  money
Story:thug,  hate,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  beer,  watching tv,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  three word title,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  murder

Road To Perdition (2002) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
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:redemption,  mafia
Locations:church
Characters:catholic
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  irish american,  loss of son,  mob,  loyalty,  witness,  organized crime,  confession,  gangster,  three word title,  dancing,  gun,  murder

Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

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

Themes:corruption,  fear,  money
Locations:rooftop
Story:famous line,  famous score,  thug,  tragic event,  revolver,  investigation,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death

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

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:redemption,  mafia,  corruption,  fear,  money
Locations:church,  bar
Story:fight the system,  irish american,  thug,  tragic event,  organized crime,  gambling,  revolver,  beer,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  three word title,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder

Gomorrah (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorrah (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,  fear,  money
Locations:rooftop
Story:street gang,  mob,  witness,  organized crime,  gambling,  urban setting,  watching tv,  gangster,  corpse,  beating,  new york city,  dancing,  gun,  murder,  death

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
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,  corruption,  fear,  money
Locations:rooftop,  ship,  bar
Story:famous line,  famous score,  fight the system,  conscience,  thug,  blockbuster,  hate,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  investigation,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  death

West Side Story (1961)
Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. (Read More)

Locations:rooftop
Characters:catholic
Story:famous score,  street gang,  loss of brother,  blockbuster,  loyalty,  hate,  passion,  urban setting,  face slap,  fistfight,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  dancing,  death,  murder

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,  corruption,  fear
Locations:rooftop
Story:famous score,  alley,  assault,  passion,  organized crime,  face slap,  gangster,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  dancing,  murder,  death,  gun

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:corruption
Locations:ship
Story:catholic church,  irish catholic,  animal abuse,  irish american,  street gang,  organized crime,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  new york city,  dancing,  murder,  death

Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
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,  money
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Story:siren,  loyalty,  organized crime,  gambling,  watching tv,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  new york city,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  death,  murder

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,  fear,  money
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Story:intimidation,  assault,  boxer,  loyalty,  witness,  confession,  gambling,  beer,  taxi,  watching tv,  investigation,  face slap,  gangster,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  murder,  death,  gun

The Devil's Own (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Devil's Own (1997)

A thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:ship,  church,  bar
Story:irish catholic,  irish american,  tragic event,  revolver,  police officer,  new york city,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  gun,  death

City Of God (2002)
Crime, Drama

City Of God (2002)

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

Themes:homelessness,  redemption,  fear,  money
Locations:church,  bar
Story:stool pigeon,  street gang,  thug,  death of brother,  organized crime,  urban setting,  watching tv,  face slap,  gangster,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  murder

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:corruption,  money
Locations:bar
Story:former athlete,  alley,  thug,  assault,  organized crime,  gambling,  revolver,  investigation,  face slap,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  death,  gun

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:redemption,  mafia,  fear,  money
Locations:bar
Story:thug,  mob,  witness,  organized crime,  gambling,  gangster,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  murder,  death

Thunderball (1965)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Thunderball (1965)

James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil SPECTRE organization. The world is held hostage and Bond heads to Nassau. Here, he meets the beautiful Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo, on board his boat, the Disco Volante. Will 007 prevent the killing of millions of innocent victims? (Read More)

Locations:rooftop,  church
Characters:priest
Story:pet cat,  famous score,  loss of brother,  confrontation,  blockbuster,  organized crime,  gambling,  gangster,  fistfight,  corpse,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  death,  murder

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  mafia,  corruption,  fear
Locations:rooftop,  ship
Story:fight the system,  hit with a baseball bat,  thug,  mob,  organized crime,  revolver,  urban setting,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  fistfight,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  murder,  death

Backdraft (1991) is one of the best movies like On The Waterfront (1954)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Backdraft (1991)

A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects.

Themes:corruption
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bar
Story:irish american,  loss of brother,  blockbuster,  death of brother,  investigation,  fistfight,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  death

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

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

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  fear
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:priest
Story:fight the system,  new jersey,  mob,  organized crime,  revolver,  beer,  investigation,  gangster,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  death,  murder,  gun

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