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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,  wedding,  drugs,  vengeance,  funeral,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage,  revenge
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:italy,  wheelchair,  village,  elevator,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman,  lawyer,  nurse,  teacher,  singer
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:godfather godson relationship,  catholic church,  rise to power,  pregnant woman beaten,  corleone italy,  sicily italy,  assassination attempt,  corrupt lawyer,  horse killed,  wedding reception,  knife in hand,  police officer shot in the neck,  radio city music hall manhattan new york city,  picture in newspaper,  motion picture executive,  dartmouth college,  italian american cop,  double murder,  shot through the eye,  hollywood mogul,  open hydrant,  murder of son,  reference to ingrid bergman,  orange peel,  gambling syndicate,  reference to dean martin,  mob summit,  thompson gun,  husband hits wife,  character appears in newspaper,  broken rule,  reference to jerry lewis,  godson,  vegetable garden,  broken jaw,  reference to clark gable,  shot repeatedly,  protection racket,  bagman,  tollbooth,  garrotting,  crime family,  italian food,  elderly man,  nickname as title,  cosa nostra,  professional hit,  police officer shot in the head,  convicted felon,  telephone box,  gang warfare,  screenplay adapted by author,  mob violence,  death of title character,  invalid,  marital abuse,  el train,  protective male,  godfather,  garrote,  world war two veteran,  revolving door,  patriarch,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  famous line,  tommy gun,  bronx new york city,  courtship,  dirty cop,  title same as book,  shot in the throat,  famous score,  cop killer,  statue of liberty new york city,  paraplegic,  movie studio,  stable,  adopted son,  shot in the eye,  paparazzi,  foreplay,  cornfield,  undertaker,  car bomb,  stabbed in the hand,  firearm,  gang war,  baptism,  post world war two,  mob boss,  melancholy,  symbolism,  ethnic slur,  loss of husband,  police officer shot,  war veteran,  film producer,  ex soldier,  film set,  sibling rivalry,  near death experience,  love at first sight,  police corruption,  italian american,  loss of son,  mercilessness,  attorney,  drug dealing,  honor,  part of trilogy,  hollywood california,  movie theater,  loss of wife,  falling down stairs,  traitor,  crime boss,  police brutality,  heart attack,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  power,  death of son,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  shot in the arm,  ex convict,  first part,  loss of father,  domestic violence,  massage,  death of wife,  fugitive,  first of series,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  widower,  fbi,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  assassination,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  severed head,  exploding car,  fish,  weapon,  drug dealer,  woman,  mansion,  strangulation,  ambush,  assassin,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  revolver,  bathroom,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  tough guy,  cat,  los angeles california,  urination,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  police,  death,  blood,  violence,  kiss,  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,  betrayal,  christmas,  marriage,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:italy,  wheelchair,  village,  bathtub,  hotel,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:catholic church,  rise to power,  corleone italy,  sicily italy,  assassination attempt,  italian american cop,  gambling syndicate,  protection racket,  crime family,  elderly man,  cosa nostra,  screenplay adapted by author,  mob violence,  godfather,  garrote,  world war two veteran,  mob hit,  shot in the throat,  famous score,  statue of liberty new york city,  gang war,  melancholy,  symbolism,  ethnic slur,  sibling rivalry,  italian american,  mercilessness,  honor,  part of trilogy,  traitor,  crime boss,  power,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  domestic violence,  fbi,  organized crime,  assassination,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  weapon,  woman,  strangulation,  assassin,  dysfunctional family,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  family relationships,  based on novel,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

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

Live By Night (2016)

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

Themes:vengeance,  mafia,  funeral,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:elevator,  cemetery,  hotel,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:rise to power,  assassination attempt,  professional hit,  mob violence,  mob hit,  tommy gun,  car bomb,  gang war,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  ex soldier,  near death experience,  police corruption,  italian american,  mercilessness,  honor,  movie theater,  loss of wife,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  heart attack,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  power,  casino,  shot in the arm,  ex convict,  loss of father,  death of wife,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  widower,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  mansion,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  police

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,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:italy,  church,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman,  lawyer,  singer
Story:catholic church,  godfather,  corleone italy,  shot repeatedly,  cosa nostra,  mob violence,  death of title character,  mob hit,  stable,  gang war,  symbolism,  italian american,  part of trilogy,  crime boss,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  assassination,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  weapon,  woman,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  violence,  death

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
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:vengeance,  mafia,  funeral,  wedding,  betrayal,  christmas,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  singer
Story:rise to power,  assassination attempt,  professional hit,  mob violence,  world war two veteran,  mob hit,  tommy gun,  statue of liberty new york city,  stabbed in the hand,  gang war,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  ex soldier,  near death experience,  italian american,  drug dealing,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  police brutality,  power,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  drug dealer,  mansion,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  revolver,  shooting,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder,  police

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

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:italy,  elevator,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  cosa nostra,  shot in the throat,  stabbed in the hand,  mob boss,  mercilessness,  honor,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  shot in the arm,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  widower,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  no opening credits,  strangulation,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  police officer shot in the head,  shot in the throat,  stabbed in the hand,  ethnic slur,  police officer shot,  mercilessness,  movie theater,  crime boss,  ex convict,  loss of father,  fugitive,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  drug dealer,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  urination,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  pistol,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

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,  funeral,  betrayal,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:catholic,  hitman,  lawyer
Story:fbi,  rise to power,  godfather,  mob hit,  gang war,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  mercilessness,  drug dealing,  crime boss,  corrupt cop,  power,  death of son,  shot in the arm,  ex convict,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  woman,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  cat,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  knife,  father son relationship,  two word title,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

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

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer
Story:assassination attempt,  mob violence,  mob hit,  car bomb,  stabbed in the hand,  gang war,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  crime boss,  power,  fbi,  organized crime,  assassination,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  assassin,  criminal,  revolver,  gangster,  blood splatter,  beating,  pistol,  new york city,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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:vengeance,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:ethnic slur,  near death experience,  drug dealing,  honor,  crime boss,  police brutality,  shot in the arm,  loss of father,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  shooting,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  family relationships,  death,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia. This is why Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972).

Themes:mafia,  wedding,  betrayal,  drugs
Locations:italy,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:shot in the throat,  firearm,  gang war,  drug dealing,  traitor,  power,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  fish,  weapon,  drug dealer,  ambush,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  new york city,  father son relationship,  violence,  police,  blood,  murder,  death

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War (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

War (2007)

After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hitman
Story:gang warfare,  mob violence,  mob hit,  dirty cop,  stabbed in the hand,  subtitled scene,  shot in the arm,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  severed head,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  death,  violence

Scarface (1983) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
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:vengeance,  mafia,  wedding,  betrayal,  drugs,  marriage,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bathtub,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer
Story:power,  assassination attempt,  shot repeatedly,  telephone box,  mob violence,  mob hit,  famous line,  famous score,  car bomb,  gang war,  loss of husband,  love at first sight,  mercilessness,  drug dealing,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  weapon,  drug dealer,  woman,  mansion,  strangulation,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  bathroom,  shooting,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death,  police

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

Wild Card (2015)

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

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse,  singer
Story:screenplay adapted by author,  stabbed in the hand,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  attorney,  crime boss,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  racial slur,  ambush,  criminal,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  based on novel,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

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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,  wedding,  betrayal,  christmas,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Period:1950s
Story:wedding reception,  gangster,  italian food,  cosa nostra,  mob violence,  mob hit,  firearm,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  police corruption,  italian american,  drug dealing,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  racial slur,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. This is why Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:gang warfare,  dirty cop,  cop killer,  shot in the eye,  gang war,  police corruption,  mercilessness,  traitor,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  first part,  first of series,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  man with glasses,  severed head,  woman,  strangulation,  assassin,  shot in the back,  revolver,  shooting,  tough guy,  urination,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  death,  two word title,  sex scene,  police,  violence,  blood,  murder

Raw Deal (1986) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Raw Deal (1986)

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

Themes:mafia,  funeral,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  bar
Story:fbi,  revolving door,  dirty cop,  mob boss,  crime boss,  police brutality,  casino,  organized crime,  exploding car,  ambush,  shot in the back,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  kiss,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police

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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,  betrayal,  drugs
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  lawyer,  singer
Story:criminal,  protection racket,  garrotting,  mob violence,  garrote,  mob hit,  cop killer,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  police corruption,  italian american,  mercilessness,  crime boss,  heart attack,  corrupt cop,  power,  domestic violence,  fbi,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  strangulation,  ambush,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  shooting,  tough guy,  cat,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  two word title,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder,  kiss

Gangster Squad (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

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

Themes:mafia,  christmas,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer
Period:1940s
Story:assassination attempt,  knife in hand,  garrote,  world war two veteran,  tommy gun,  mob boss,  police officer shot,  ex soldier,  police corruption,  hollywood california,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  corrupt cop,  casino,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  mansion,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  kiss,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police

London Boulevard (2010)
Crime, Drama

London Boulevard (2010)

Fresh out of prison, Mitchel wants nothing to do with crime but accepts a kip from Billy, a marginal grafter, and accompanies Billy on rent collection trips. He's also old school, wanting revenge on two youths for assaulting a mendicant he's befriended. He's got a strung-out sister to protect, and he's offered a job protecting a famous actress from paparazzi. The plot lines join when Michael finds himself attracted to the actress and Billy's Mob boss, Gant, finds ways to force Michael work for him. He also warns Michael off revenge against the assailants of his friend. What are Michael's options: is there any way to avoid Gant, protect his sister, and find a path to love? (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  hospital
Story:garrote,  paparazzi,  mob boss,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  corrupt cop,  ex convict,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  mansion,  criminal,  revolver,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  knife,  based on novel,  two word title,  violence,  murder,  death

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The Family (2013) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Family (2013)

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni ('Robert De Niro' (qv)), his wife Maggie ('Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv)) and their children Belle ('Dianna Agron' (qv)) and Warren ('John D'Leo' (qv)) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. This is why The Family (2013) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  revenge
Locations:village,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  teacher
Story:catholic church,  assassination attempt,  reference to dean martin,  mob hit,  firearm,  mob boss,  italian american,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  weapon,  woman,  strangulation,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  knife,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  two word title,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Themes:revenge
Locations:church
Story:crooked cop,  tommy gun,  ethnic slur,  police corruption,  italian american,  crime boss,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  weapon,  drug dealer,  woman,  shot in the back,  criminal,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  death,  murder,  blood,  police,  violence,  kiss

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Period:1950s,  1940s
Story:rise to power,  death of title character,  loss of husband,  police brutality,  shot in the arm,  fbi,  racial slur,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  police,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood

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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:christmas,  revenge
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:el train,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  mob boss,  police corruption,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  assassin,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  revolver,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

Safe (2012) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Safe (2012)

In China, the girl Mei is a genius that looks like a computer in numbers. She is abducted by the Chinese Triads and the boss Han Jiao ends Mei to Chinatown, in New York, to help him in the control of his activities. Meanwhile, the fighter Luke Wright has his life destroyed when he wins a fight against the will of the Russian Mafia and accidentally kills his opponent. The Russian mobsters kill his wife and the alcoholic Luke wanders on the streets and hostels with no objective in life. One day, Han Jiao asks Mei to memorize a long number and soon the Russian Mafia abducts the girl from the Chinese mobs. She escapes from the mobsters and is chased by the Russians; by the corrupt detectives from the NYPD; and by the Triads. When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl and discovers that the number she had memorized is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars. Luke is an elite agent and uses his skills to protect the girl. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:gang war,  mob boss,  police officer shot,  police corruption,  crime boss,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  casino,  death of wife,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  mansion,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

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

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... This is why Hung Fan Kui (1995) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  wedding,  revenge
Locations:wheelchair,  church,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:wedding reception,  professional hit,  bronx new york city,  statue of liberty new york city,  paraplegic,  gang war,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  subtitled scene,  organized crime,  exploding car,  ambush,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  knife,  new york city,  death,  police,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:car bomb,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  police officer shot,  ex soldier,  near death experience,  police corruption,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  ex convict,  fbi,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  severed head,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  ambush,  criminal,  revolver,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Locations:wheelchair,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  shot in the eye,  mob boss,  near death experience,  mercilessness,  loss of wife,  crime boss,  casino,  death of wife,  fugitive,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  mansion,  ambush,  assassin,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  kiss,  police,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

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

Themes:vengeance
Mood:gore
Locations:restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  shot in the throat,  ex soldier,  police corruption,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  mansion,  strangulation,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  two word title,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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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. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  marriage,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:italian american cop,  shot repeatedly,  mob violence,  revolving door,  tommy gun,  famous score,  ethnic slur,  police corruption,  italian american,  crime boss,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  man with glasses,  shot in the back,  shooting,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on novel,  two word title,  murder,  violence,  police,  blood,  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. This is why American Gangster (2007) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  wedding,  christmas,  drugs
Mood:gore
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:crooked cop,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  car bomb,  mob boss,  police corruption,  italian american,  mercilessness,  crime boss,  police brutality,  heart attack,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  death,  sex scene,  police,  violence,  murder

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

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

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

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  bar
Story:bagman,  police officer shot in the head,  shot in the throat,  police officer shot,  shot in the arm,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  ambush,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  pistol,  cult film,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

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Last Man Standing (1996) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Last Man Standing (1996)

John Smith is an amoral gunslinger in the days of Prohibition. On the lam from his latest (unspecified) exploits, he happens upon the town of Jericho, Texas. Actually, calling Jericho a town would be too generous--it has become more like a ghost town, since two warring gangs have 'driven off all the decent folk.' Smith sees this as an opportunity to play both sides off against each other, earning himself a nice piece of change as a hired gun. Despite his strictly avowed mercenary intentions, he finds himself risking his life for his, albeit skewed, sense of honor.... (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bathtub,  hotel,  bar
Story:gang warfare,  mob violence,  tommy gun,  cop killer,  undertaker,  gang war,  honor,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  ambush,  shot in the back,  revolver,  shooting,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  blood,  violence,  murder,  kiss

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

The Accountant (2016)

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

Themes:mafia,  funeral,  betrayal,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  criminal,  mob boss,  ex soldier,  near death experience,  mercilessness,  honor,  loss of wife,  crime boss,  ex convict,  loss of father,  death of wife,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  widower,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  mansion,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

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,  betrayal,  drugs
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Story:telephone box,  gang warfare,  mob violence,  mob hit,  tommy gun,  cop killer,  famous score,  shot in the eye,  police corruption,  italian american,  mercilessness,  movie theater,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  mansion,  bathroom,  shooting,  urination,  gangster,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  new york city,  based on novel,  sex scene,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

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Road To Perdition (2002)
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. This is why Road To Perdition (2002) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  mafia,  funeral,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  church
Characters:catholic,  hitman
Story:catholic church,  murder of son,  mob violence,  revolving door,  mob hit,  tommy gun,  shot in the eye,  loss of son,  loss of wife,  crime boss,  shot in the arm,  fugitive,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  assassin,  shot in the back,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  knife,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  murder,  violence

A Man Apart (2003) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

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

Themes:drugs,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:car bomb,  police officer shot,  crime boss,  police brutality,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  shot in the arm,  death of wife,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  mansion,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  murder,  blood,  violence

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  bar
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:assassination attempt,  gang war,  mercilessness,  part of trilogy,  crime boss,  first part,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  racial slur,  severed head,  drug dealer,  mansion,  ambush,  assassin,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:restaurant
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination attempt,  shot in the throat,  gang war,  mob boss,  police corruption,  crime boss,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  shot in the arm,  ex convict,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  fish,  drug dealer,  strangulation,  assassin,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  knife,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  police,  violence

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (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:betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  singer
Story:catholic church,  assassin,  police officer shot in the neck,  mob hit,  shot in the eye,  police officer shot,  honor,  crime boss,  shot in the arm,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  assassination,  exploding car,  shooting,  tough guy,  cat,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  blood,  police,  death

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them. This is why The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:catholic
Period:1950s
Story:shot in the throat,  subtitled scene,  shot in the arm,  massage,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  assassin,  shot in the back,  revolver,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  new york city,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  police

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Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:stabbed in the hand,  ex soldier,  mercilessness,  heart attack,  shot in the arm,  death of wife,  widower,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  strangulation,  ambush,  shot in the back,  criminal,  revolver,  shooting,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  death,  violence,  murder,  police,  blood

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

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:betrayal,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:village,  hotel,  church,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse,  singer
Story:wedding reception,  telephone box,  world war two veteran,  italian american,  attorney,  hollywood california,  movie theater,  ex convict,  loss of father,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fbi,  mansion,  ambush,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  revolver,  extramarital affair,  cat,  los angeles california,  pistol,  cult film,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  police

King Of New York (1990)
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:mafia,  drugs,  funeral,  wedding,  revenge
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:hitman,  nurse,  singer
Story:wedding reception,  convicted felon,  mob violence,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  gang war,  mob boss,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  drug dealing,  crime boss,  police brutality,  ex convict,  organized crime,  racial slur,  drug dealer,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  revolver,  urination,  gangster,  machine gun,  beating,  telephone call,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

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We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

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

Themes:vengeance,  funeral,  betrayal,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  church,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:singer
Story:car bomb,  italian american,  subtitled scene,  death of wife,  organized crime,  assassination,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  ambush,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  new york city,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood,  police

Only God Forgives (2013)
Crime, Drama

Only God Forgives (2013)

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a man and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian's brother murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang - the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter's murderer, then 'restores order' by chopping off the man's right hand. Julian's mother Crystal - the head of a powerful criminal organization - arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and 'raise hell'. This is why Only God Forgives (2013) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  drugs,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:hotel,  restaurant
Story:assassination attempt,  police officer shot in the head,  police officer shot,  subtitled scene,  death of son,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  drug dealer,  shot in the back,  criminal,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  violence,  police,  blood,  murder

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Characters:hitman,  lawyer
Story:assassination attempt,  stable,  stabbed in the hand,  death of son,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  widower,  police officer killed,  shot in the forehead,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  strangulation,  ambush,  dysfunctional family,  shot in the back,  revolver,  tough guy,  cat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  knife,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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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,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:cemetery
Story:catholic church,  gang warfare,  garrote,  stabbed in the hand,  firearm,  ethnic slur,  crime boss,  loss of father,  organized crime,  police officer killed,  racial slur,  assassination,  no opening credits,  woman,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  knife,  new york city,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  violence,  kiss,  murder,  death

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Godfather (1972)
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,  funeral,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:wheelchair,  elevator,  restaurant,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:criminal,  attorney,  organized crime,  famous line,  famous score,  car bomb,  mob boss,  ex soldier,  near death experience,  police corruption,  mercilessness,  honor,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  subtitled scene,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  police officer killed,  assassination,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  drug dealer,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  revolver,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  horse,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  title spoken by character,  police,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:shot repeatedly,  police officer shot in the head,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  shot in the eye,  gang war,  melancholy,  police officer shot,  honor,  falling down stairs,  crime boss,  shot in the arm,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  exploding car,  weapon,  ambush,  shot in the back,  urination,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  cult film,  violence,  police,  blood,  death

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