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The Sting (1973)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Sting (1973)

Johnny Hooker, a small time grifter, unknowingly steals from Doyle Lonnegan, a big time crime boss, when he pulls a standard street con. Lonnegan demands satisfaction for the insult. After his partner, Luther, is killed, Hooker flees, and seeks the help of Henry Gondorff, one of Luther's contacts, who is a master of the long con. Hooker wants to use Gondorff's expertise to take Lonnegan for an enormous sum of money to even the score, since he admits he "doesn't know enough about killing to kill him." They devise a complicated scheme and amass a talented group of other con artists who want their share of the reparations. The stakes are high in this game, and our heroes must not only deal with Lonnegan's murderous tendencies, but also other side players who want a piece of the action. To win, Hooker and Gondorff will need all their skills...and a fair amount of confidence. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  mafia,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:waitress
Period:1930s
Story:con,  con man,  long con,  con artist,  poker player,  police chase,  title appears in text on screen,  chapterwise storytelling,  peoria illinois,  telegraph office,  clothes on shower,  scene based on painting,  cardsharp,  gimp,  cheating at cards,  ragtime,  house painter,  wipe,  year 1936,  manicure,  telephone box,  sting operation,  woman shot in the forehead,  counterfeit,  courier,  drugstore,  roulette,  mob hit,  barbershop,  chapter headings,  tailor,  carousel,  famous score,  n word,  burlesque,  great depression,  mugging,  horse racing,  restroom,  hangover,  caper,  pickpocket,  alley,  card playing,  police corruption,  mentor,  job interview,  backstage,  railway station,  blockbuster,  loss of friend,  poker,  golf,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  casino,  silencer,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  bank,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  chicago illinois,  racial slur,  police detective,  gambling,  diner,  stripper,  taxi,  tough guy,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  murder,  two word title,  police

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:heist,  mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  bar
Period:1930s
Story:police chase,  mob hit,  barbershop,  tailor,  n word,  great depression,  police corruption,  poker,  corrupt cop,  casino,  silencer,  bodyguard,  bank,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  gambling,  diner,  tough guy,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  murder,  police

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Focus (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Focus (2015)

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:con man,  con artist,  con,  caper,  pickpocket,  casino,  bodyguard,  racial slur,  gambling,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bathtub
Characters:waitress
Story:police chase,  n word,  police brutality,  silencer,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  diner,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  police

American Hustle (2013) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:con man,  con artist,  con,  fbi,  sting operation,  caper,  casino,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  gambling,  diner,  stripper,  taxi,  gangster,  surprise ending,  new york city,  two word title,  murder

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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. This is why Wild Card (2015) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress
Story:hangover,  casino,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  racial slur,  gambling,  diner,  stripper,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  two word title,  murder

Raw Deal (1986)
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,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:fbi,  police brutality,  casino,  silencer,  organized crime,  chicago illinois,  gambling,  taxi,  tough guy,  gangster,  cult film,  murder,  police

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:heist,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:police chase,  police corruption,  loss of friend,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  bodyguard,  bank,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  police detective,  stripper,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  two word title,  murder

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Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:brothel,  bathtub,  bar
Period:1930s
Story:bank,  fbi,  great depression,  card playing,  railway station,  police brutality,  organized crime,  chicago illinois,  tough guy,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  two word title,  police,  murder

Confidence (2003)
Crime, Thriller

Confidence (2003)

Jake Vig leads a small Los Angeles based team of grifters, each member who has his specific role in each con: Jake is the main man, Miles the adversary, Big Al the scared innocent bystander, and Gordo the dead shooting victim. He also has in his pockets crooked LAPD detectives Lloyd Whitworth and Omar Manzano who basically play themselves as needed. Beyond getting the money, the basic goal of each con is to ensure the mark is so scared by what has happened - usually being an accomplice in a "murder" - that he won't come back looking for the money. Jake learns the hard way that their latest mark, Louis Dolby, who they fleeced for $150,000, was carrying money for a criminal named King, who takes a no prisoners approach in getting even, he who knows who stole his money. Instead of returning the $150,000 to King, money which he no longer has anyway, Jake convinces King to parlay that money and a bit more into a bigger con against a mark of King's choice, that person being banker Morgan Price, a second generation mobster. The total take for this con is to be $5 million. Beyond co-opting a couple of inside people for this con, King wants one of his own men inserted - Lupus - and Jake also enlists the work of a female pickpocket he recently ran across named Lily, to who he is attracted. During the process, a small wrinkle occurs when they learn that Special Agent Gunther Butan with the US Customs Agency, an old adversary of Jake's, is currently after him, which means they either have to call off the international mission or watch more carefully their movements, with Jake not to be the one to carry any money across the border. But with a group of con artists working for the first time with new players, a question becomes are there any inside cons at play, especially in this case where Jake has more of a personal stake than usual. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:long con,  con,  con artist,  pickpocket,  mob hit,  restroom,  caper,  police corruption,  corrupt cop,  premarital sex,  bank,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  stripper,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. This is why Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:police chase,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  bank,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  taxi,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

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

Themes:revenge
Story:police chase,  woman shot in the forehead,  police corruption,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  police detective,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  police,  murder

Money Train (1995) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Train (1995)

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time? (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Locations:bar
Story:carousel,  caper,  pickpocket,  racial slur,  gambling,  train,  tough guy,  gangster,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:police chase,  carousel,  alley,  mentor,  casino,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  bank,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  gambling,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  murder,  police

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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,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:con man,  con artist,  telephone box,  counterfeit,  caper,  job interview,  blockbuster,  premarital sex,  bank,  fbi,  diner,  taxi,  cult film,  chase,  new york city,  police

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. This is why Once Upon A Time In America (1984) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973).

Themes:heist,  mafia,  betrayal
Locations:brothel
Period:1930s
Story:telephone box,  mob hit,  famous score,  alley,  police corruption,  backstage,  railway station,  organized crime,  gangster,  cult film,  new york city,  police,  murder

Ocean's Eleven (2001) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Thriller

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. He combines an eleven member team, including Frank Catton, Rusty Ryan and Linus Caldwell. Their target? The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. All casinos owned by Terry Benedict. It's not going to be easy, as they plan to get in secretly and out with $150 million. (Read More)

Themes:heist
Story:long con,  con man,  con artist,  pickpocket,  casino,  con,  caper,  blockbuster,  poker,  chicago illinois,  gambling,  stripper,  train,  surprise ending

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Maverick (1994)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller, Western

Maverick (1994)

Maverick is recreated from the character James Garner created in the 1950s TV program. Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward, all with a light hearted air. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous, though fake, southern accent as the two both try and enter the game. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bathtub
Story:poker,  con,  con man,  con artist,  poker player,  telegraph office,  barbershop,  pickpocket,  card playing,  gambling,  surprise ending,  cult film

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:drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Story:police chase,  n word,  poker,  police brutality,  premarital sex,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  gangster,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  murder,  police

Casino (1995)
Crime, Drama

Casino (1995)

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

Themes:mafia,  heist,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Story:casino,  mob hit,  card playing,  poker,  silencer,  fbi,  organized crime,  chicago illinois,  gambling,  gangster,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. This is why Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  bar
Characters:waitress
Story:police chase,  railway station,  poker,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  diner,  stripper,  tough guy,  chase,  title spoken by character,  murder

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,  drunkenness,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  bar
Story:police chase,  wipe,  mob hit,  card playing,  police brutality,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  gambling,  taxi,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police

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,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:telephone box,  mob hit,  famous score,  police corruption,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  casino,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  tough guy,  gangster,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  police

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

L.a. Confidential (1997)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:police chase,  mob hit,  famous score,  police corruption,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  diner,  police,  murder

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress
Story:bank,  police chase,  poker,  casino,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  police detective,  gambling,  diner,  tough guy,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. This is why Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:fbi,  barbershop,  mentor,  police brutality,  organized crime,  racial slur,  gambling,  stripper,  gangster,  surprise ending,  new york city,  murder,  police

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Safe (2012)
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:bar
Story:pickpocket,  police corruption,  corrupt cop,  casino,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  tough guy,  gangster,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

Chaos (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  revenge
Characters:waitress
Story:bank,  police chase,  police corruption,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  fbi,  police detective,  diner,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

Now You See Me (2013) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me (2013)

Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Dray of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:bank,  fbi,  con artist,  police chase,  carousel,  pickpocket,  casino,  chicago illinois,  taxi,  surprise ending,  chase,  new york city,  police

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

American Gangster (2007)

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

Themes:mafia
Locations:bar
Story:mentor,  mob hit,  police corruption,  loss of friend,  police brutality,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  diner,  taxi,  gangster,  chase,  new york city,  police,  murder

The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. This is why The Transporter Refueled (2015) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:heist,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:bank,  police chase,  caper,  silencer,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  police,  murder

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

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

Themes:heist
Story:mob hit,  police corruption,  poker,  police brutality,  bank,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  murder,  police

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The Untouchables (1987) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
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,  revenge
Locations:bar
Period:1930s
Story:famous score,  police corruption,  railway station,  blockbuster,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  chicago illinois,  tough guy,  gangster,  two word title,  police,  murder

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:brothel,  bar
Story:woman shot in the forehead,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

The Italian Job (1969)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Italian Job (1969)

Charlie's got a 'Job' to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far so Charlie takes over the 'Job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the Gold and escape. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  heist,  drunkenness
Story:police chase,  tailor,  restroom,  caper,  pickpocket,  organized crime,  gangster,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  murder,  police

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The 51st State (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The 51st State (2001)

Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses. This is why The 51st State (2001) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Story:caper,  golf,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  gangster,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  murder

True Romance (1993) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Locations:bathtub
Story:police chase,  n word,  silencer,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  police detective,  diner,  tough guy,  gangster,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  murder

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

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

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:police chase,  golf,  police brutality,  silencer,  bodyguard,  organized crime,  racial slur,  police detective,  diner,  gangster,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:tailor,  alley,  mentor,  job interview,  silencer,  premarital sex,  bodyguard,  fbi,  taxi,  surprise ending,  chase,  new york city,  murder

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,  drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:mob hit,  fbi,  organized crime,  police detective,  gambling,  gangster,  new york city,  police,  murder

War (2007) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
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. This is why War (2007) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Story:mob hit,  loss of friend,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  stripper,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

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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,  heist,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:gangster,  mob hit,  police corruption,  poker,  organized crime,  racial slur,  diner,  tough guy,  cult film,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  murder

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,  drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:mob hit,  police corruption,  mentor,  golf,  corrupt cop,  silencer,  fbi,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  police detective,  diner,  tough guy,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  title spoken by character,  police,  two word title,  murder

Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  betrayal
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:pickpocket,  police brutality,  silencer,  bodyguard,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  tough guy,  train,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  murder,  police

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Righteous Kill (2008) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Righteous Kill (2008)

Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:mugging,  police brutality,  silencer,  bank,  shot in the forehead,  police detective,  diner,  surprise ending,  chase,  new york city,  police,  murder

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

Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. This is why Carlito's Way (1993) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  betrayal,  revenge
Story:con,  mob hit,  railway station,  silencer,  premarital sex,  organized crime,  racial slur,  stripper,  taxi,  tough guy,  gangster,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  new york city,  murder,  police

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

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

Themes:mafia,  betrayal
Story:manicure,  tailor,  card playing,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  gambling,  stripper,  gangster,  chase,  new york city,  murder,  police

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Heist (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heist (2001)

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. (Read More)

Themes:heist,  mafia,  betrayal
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress
Story:caper,  fbi,  organized crime,  diner,  gangster,  surprise ending,  murder,  police

Black Rain (1989) is one of the best movies like The Sting (1973)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Black Rain (1989)

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way. (Read More)

Themes:mafia
Story:police chase,  counterfeit,  organized crime,  police detective,  tough guy,  gangster,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  police,  murder

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:betrayal
Story:police chase,  police brutality,  corrupt cop,  bodyguard,  racial slur,  police detective,  stripper,  tough guy,  surprise ending,  chase,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  police,  murder

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