Although a remake of the equally brilliant 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film Infernal Affairs, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed is just a treat to watch. The whole story is sharply produced where Scorsese places the Irish-American mobster Frank Costello and his organised criminal syndicate against the Massachusetts State Police. William Monahan, the writer strikes gold by introducing two moles who look to provide information to the criminal syndicate and the police department.
With Leonardo DiCaprio enacting William “Billy” Costigan, Jr., the mole for Massachusetts State Police and Matt Damon donning the role of Staff Sgt. Colin Sullivan, the mole for Jack Nicholson’s Francis “Frank” Costello, the movie was loosely based on the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger and his protégée, the corrupt FBI agent John Connolly. The 2006 film was a critical and commercial success. Here’s the list of movies similar to The Departed that we are our recommendations. You can watch several movies like The Departed on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. American Gangster (2007)
A biographical crime epic based on the life of Frank Lucas, portrayed expertly by Denzel Washington. A crime lord out of Harlem who for years imported heroin into the US in the coffins of dead young soldiers. We watch Lucas move up the criminal chain ruthlessly. Taking what he wants with force, bringing his entire family close to him to work for him because he trusts no one. Hot on his trial are the narcotics squad, led by job obsessed Russell Crowe, who will not rest until he brings Lucas down.
It is a big, sprawling film that moves about the world. From the stifling streets of Vietnam to the colorful Harlem ghetto, to the hot jungles of Cambodia. All of it anchored by a superb performance from Washington and an equally good one by Crowe, each knowing that at some point they are going to go toe to toe with one another.
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