Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” is a beautiful masterpiece worth watching. It is based on a real gangster, Frank Lucas, who was trying to smuggle heroin on service planes returning from Vietnam to America but was caught by a detective investigating him. American Gangster has all the action, excellent story and flawless performances and keeps the viewer involved and interested. The film leaves you wanting to know more about happened to the lead characters. Here’s a list of movies similar to American Gangster that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like American Gangster on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential is seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of 1997. It deals with cops, criminals, and their rivalry. The film is based on real events of crimes that were happening in Los Angeles of 50s and 60s. It is must watch cop-criminal type of film. Unusually for a crime film, it deals with the psychology of the characters. It contains all the elements of police action, the action exists not for itself but to provide an arena for the personalities. L.A. Confidential was nominated for nine Academy Awards/Oscars and won two, Kim Basinger for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
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9. The Departed (2006)
An American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams. “The Departed” is about two men trying to live public lives that are the radical opposites of their inner realities. Their attempts threaten to destroy them, either by implosion or fatal betrayal. The actual storyline is quite entertaining and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. The fluidity of the camerawork, the intricate storytelling, and the exquisite tension leave no doubt that movie is a masterpiece. .Overall, it’s one of the best crime movies.